I know this is old news, but before it disappears into the void, I’d like to revive it. Back in 2000, someone discovered the Butte County School District #111, in Arco,
Indiana Idaho, which surprisingly enough, had a website! In the logo presented on their school website, it was clear that their high school’s mascot was a pirate — slightly less common than the ubiqutous bulldog, but still not unusual. What was unusual was the perhaps accidental but wholly sophomoric humor value in what the name of their athletic teams might have been referred to: The Butte Pirates. Here’s the logo:
The reason I’m bringing this up again? I tried to Google for this old bit of history and it was nearly impossible to find. The school’s current website (which is horrible from both a design and usability perspective, compared to the simpler site of years earlier) lacks any mention of the school’s mascot — probably due to the attention it got several years ago, but that’s just a guess. Luckily, Google had this gem buried in amongst the 26,900 results for “butte pirates”, which contained the original URL to the school’s site with the mascot on it. Unfortunately, Google’s cache didn’t have the site’s contents, but the trusty Wayback Machine did! So, I was able to retrieve the logo and share with you links to the original site circa 2001.
Here’s to my attempt to prevent this little tidbit of trivia from getting lost. Maybe I’ll even make it to the first search results page for “butte pirates,” too.