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 "Butthead" Lake - A Joke

The Census Bureau got a little bit of a surprise when reviewing their records recently.  Apparently a small lake about twenty-five miles northeast of Seattle, Washington, is now appearing on census records under a different name – Butthead Lake.    

Although it is not unusual for small bodies of water in undeveloped and uninhabited areas to have different names because of variations in county, state or other official records, the Census Bureau believes that all signs indicate that the name is a joke. 

The giveaway?  The 5.7-acre lake, which is in a forested area, had a previous name of Bevis Lake.  The two names that the Lake has been designated – Bevis and Butthead – are identical to the name of two characters in a former popular MTV cartoon show, with the aptly named, Beavis and Butt-head.        

“Someone at the Census Bureau must have gotten bored and made a joke out of naming the lake”, said Ken Brown, a land surveyor with the state Department of Natural Resources.  "It's got to be - That means someone is playing a joke, I think," Brown continued.

The joke seemingly be something that would have be done by either Beavis and/or Butthead, who were a pair of brain-dead, TV-obsessed, heavy-metal loving teenage slackers.  The popular 1990’s show featured the two watching television and making low-brow, but highly satirical comments on MTV music videos.  Their popularity even spawned a successful movie – Beavis and Butt-head Do America.      

The Census Bureau has made the appropriate changes to revert the name of the lake back to Bevis Lake.