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(Federal)Duck Stamp includes phone-sex number (Major-League Typo!)
Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 9/04/08 | Paul Walsh - Staff Reporter

Posted on 09/04/2008 9:08:45 AM PDT by MplsSteve

The federal government says it has no choice but to reluctantly keep distributing to millions of waterfowl hunters a toll-free phone-sex-service number that features a breathy woman promising callers that they can "talk only to the girls who turn you on" for $1.99 per minute.

About 3.5 million federal "duck stamps," featuring artwork by a Plymouth artist, are affixed to a card that bears the misprinted number, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday.

All waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must buy and carry the current Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp, commonly known as the duck stamp. Sales of the stamp, which is produced by the U.S. Postal Service for Fish and Wildlife, raise about $25 million each year to fund wetland habitat acquisition for the national Wildlife Refuge System. The agency annually sells about 120,000 federal duck stamps in Minnesota. The stamp isn't valid for routine postage.

Rachel Levin, a Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman, called the misprint, which connects callers to a phone-sex service, "an unfortunate typographical error" that her agency "really regrets." She adds that the agency will keep selling the $15 stamps with the naughty number because reprinting the card would cost too much.

The correct number, 1-800-STAMP24 (1-800-782-6724), is for people wishing to order additional duck stamps. Levin said two digits of the phone number are transposed on the card that holds the self-adhesive version of the stamp. That incorrect number, 1-800-872-6724, translates to 1-800-TRAMP24. Callers to "Intimate Connections" are warned that they must be 18 years or older before proceeding.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: duckstamp; govwatch; phonesex; typo
Is this the most news-worthy story today? No, it's far from it.

But it's amusing in how a small unintentional (well OK, it was likely unintentional) typo can lead to such a big problem.

Comments or opinions - anyone?

1 posted on 09/04/2008 9:08:45 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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2 posted on 09/04/2008 9:10:17 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve
Oh, it's supposed to be a Duck Stamp... sorry, wrong number.
3 posted on 09/04/2008 9:11:18 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.)
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To: andy58-in-nh

OK, you owe me for a new monitor..I about spit Coke all over my screen!!!


4 posted on 09/04/2008 9:13:16 AM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: MplsSteve

That’s really foul...


5 posted on 09/04/2008 9:15:50 AM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: Arkansas Toothpick
Sorry 'bout that, but you'll have to get in line. Seems I owe a lot of people a lot of monitors....
6 posted on 09/04/2008 9:16:35 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.)
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To: MplsSteve

Wow.The Fed is finally advertising what they’ve been doing to all of us.


7 posted on 09/04/2008 9:16:40 AM PDT by quack
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To: Arkansas Toothpick

The government really must change its policy of only hiring the unemployables. I mean really...out here in the west, the forest rangers start fires, costs millions to put them out and nobody ever gets fired...jeesh.


8 posted on 09/04/2008 9:17:17 AM PDT by Stayfree (***********************************************If it is left, it can't be right!!)
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To: MplsSteve

“Yeah but this ones eating my popcorn!”


9 posted on 09/04/2008 9:17:47 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Freedom4US

Do you have to lick these, or are they self-adhesive?


10 posted on 09/04/2008 9:18:14 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Wish it was Palin/McCain)
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To: MplsSteve

Low bidder got the contract, I guess.


11 posted on 09/04/2008 9:22:11 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Hey Biden! Saracuda's gonna give you a major wedgie in the VP debates!)
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To: MplsSteve

“She adds that the agency will keep selling the $15 stamps with the naughty number because reprinting the card would cost too much.”

If I tried that with MY business it would not last long.


12 posted on 09/04/2008 9:22:53 AM PDT by mkcc30 (Save a Whale.....Kill a Terrorist!)
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To: Larry Lucido

I guess you are going to take up Duck Hunting in Minnesota as a hobby??


13 posted on 09/04/2008 9:34:34 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Some days it is not worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: MplsSteve

Well it is actually a news-worthy story, because it illuminates our government’s complete lack of inventiveness when it comes to dealing with a problem. A private business would have:

1. Used a Sharpie to black out the number.

2. Stuck a piece of white tape over the number.

3. Bought a package of labels for the printer in each office, and printed up a small label with the right number.

4. Cut the section with the number off the card.

5. Bought a bunch of rubber stamps with the right number.

or any of a number of other possible solutions that didn’t involve spending a fortune to print up new cards and stamps.

Admitedly, the proposed solutions would have involved some additional work for the federal employees distributing the stamps, but... huh? Oh. Never mind.


14 posted on 09/04/2008 9:48:57 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: MplsSteve

“Can I get me a duck huntin’ license here?”
-John Francoise Kerry


15 posted on 09/04/2008 9:54:55 AM PDT by gigster
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To: MplsSteve

Does it take you to the spoof United Airlines ad?

The one with 2 united ducks and says fly united?


16 posted on 09/04/2008 10:00:07 AM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: MplsSteve

yep, federal gubmint employees-that’s who I want providing my health care, afterall What could possibly go wrong?


17 posted on 09/04/2008 10:03:40 AM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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To: andy58-in-nh

Reminds me of the joke about the little boy and girl taking a bath.

The punch line is ,
little girl “No you’re not, you can’t even pronounce it”.


18 posted on 09/04/2008 10:04:03 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: MplsSteve
Sales of the stamp, which is produced by the U.S. Postal Service for Fish and Wildlife...

Well, the phone number is sort of wildlife related.

19 posted on 09/04/2008 10:12:38 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: ArmstedFragg

6. Buy out the phone number.


20 posted on 09/04/2008 10:31:24 AM PDT by garyb
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To: MplsSteve

21 posted on 09/04/2008 11:01:58 AM PDT by uglybiker (I do not suffer from mental illness. I quite enjoy it, actually.)
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To: MplsSteve
Comments or opinions - anyone?

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Duck Hunters-- UNTIE !......LOL....(Can't wait for next season)

22 posted on 09/04/2008 11:05:58 AM PDT by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: garyb
6. Buy out the phone number.

Or you could let them keep the number and get personalized forwarding for under two bucks a minute...

V-e-r-y personalized.

23 posted on 09/04/2008 11:07:24 AM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: MplsSteve

This is dithpicable!


24 posted on 09/04/2008 11:09:38 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: MplsSteve

“bird porn”. I learned about that from moonbats protesting outside the GOP convention.


25 posted on 09/05/2008 3:17:52 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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