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So, just how did Bevis Lake get renamed Butthead?

Associated Press

Posted January 7 2005, 8:28 AM EST

LAKE STEVENS, Wash. -- Someone in the Census Bureau may be watching a little too much MTV.

Bevis Lake, a 5.7-acre body of water in a forested area about 25 miles northeast of Seattle, is now appearing in Bureau records with a different name: Butthead Lake.

Those two names _ Bevis and Butthead _ are almost identical to the 1990s MTV cartoon show ``Beavis and Butt-head,'' which featured a pair of slacker teenagers who watch music videos and make bad jokes.

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,'' he said.

It's not unusual for small lakes in out-of-the-way places to have different names because of variations in county, state or other official records, but there are no such indications in this case, Brown said.

``That means someone is playing a joke, I think,'' Brown said.

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