Looks real at first glance, doesn’t it?
This is citizen guerrilla warfare at its best.
It even comes with fake ads. the fine print is worth clicking on them so you will be able to read it.
At the top of its home page is
Three pieces of mining equipment are on the masthead.
Underneath is the slogan,
but a sight for sore eyes!”
Another welcome and, below,
“We not only love our gravel pits, but take them very seriously.
“Bowse the site. Stay a while.”
And below that is a sign-in form for gravel pits.
“If you are a mining company and wish to mine in Cary, please fill out the form below. Someone from the Village will get back to you shortly.”
That is too much!
Besides contact information, the company is asked, “What would you like to mine?”
A drop down box lists all sorts of minerals.
It has me howling.
Read the list:
Nothing, I’m just digging
Very big rocks
OK. Maybe it’s funnier on the new web site.
Next comes the questions:
“Yearly donation to the village?”
“In addition to the above per annum, what else are you willing to donate to Cary?”
“A very big hole
“A murky lake
“Pollution, dust and noise”
Then, there is a disclaimer.
Here’s the first line:
“This site is political satire and parody. If you are looking for the real Village of Cary website, click here.”
You have to read the questions and answers, especially, the one about how “caryillinois.com” web site was obtained.
It will be an eye opener to other governmental entities, I’ll bet.
There’s a history of Cary. It’s a hoax, of course, but read this paragraph:
“In 1842, while digging a latrine for his burgeoning family, William (Cary) hit a pocket of gravel. The gravel was strong and the layer was vast. While running some errands in Crystal Lake, William mentioned his find to Cornelius Meyer, the owner of a local general store. Cornelius not only collected what he called “pretty rocks,” he provided gravel to locals who needed it for building supplies.”
There’s even a mayor’s welcome, complete with letter.
It is signed satirically by
Mayor Stan Loamal
The real village president, who insists on the title “mayor,” is Steven Lamal.
On another page is a map of Cary with every big vacant parcel showing a gravel pit.
Tourism is on another.
There is a Pit Czar ink.
The guy’s name is Chairman “Jon” Turncoatier.
An outsider like myself can only wonder what that is all about. The page seems to be making fun of the chairman of Cary’s Zoning Board of Appeals. It says that he changed his name to “Chairman” because that’s all anyone ever called him anyway.
I guarantee there is no way that I can capture everything worth looking at on this new “official” web site for the Village of Cary.
Look at it yourself.
All the images may be enlarged by clicking on them, but why not enjoy the original.
It’s so much fun.