I am also a wizzard, fwiw.
"It _says_ it's utf-8; why is it acting as though it's iso-8859-1? Why so much ÂÂÂ all around, stinking up this joint?"
(httpd misconfiguration in a spot I didn't think of at first.)
@rjl20 httpd ships with 116 KiB of config just to work, that's why
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