No, that blog headline does not contain a misspelling of a mild curse word. It’s actually about a dam — the kind that interrupts a flow of water.
Today’s Tuesday Time-Waster is an amusing letter written by a Michigan man who was threatened with fines if he didn’t immediately two dams that were under construction on his property. He hadn’t gotten a construction permit, state officials wrote in the certified letter, and he was given a month to remove the dams. There was one big problem: He hadn’t built the dams — beavers had constructed them.
The property owner wrote back (copying PETA on the letter) and included sentences such as these: “My first concern is — aren’t the dam beavers entitled to dam legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said dam representation — so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer.”
Not surprisingly, the state dropped the matter, but not before it made news, including an Associated Press article with the headline, “State gives beavers cease-and-desist order.”
The letter is still on the writer’s website, which still looks like websites did back in 1997. Bonus: If you go to that site in Internet Explorer, your cursor will drag butterflies behind it as you move around the page. Yep, it’s definitely still in the stone age of websites. (I admit that at one time I, too, had wacky cursors on my website. And a sparkly background.)