Bonfire of the Vanity Plates

 

Vanity plates have served for a long time as both a source of revenue (for the licensing authorities) and as a source of amusement for the rest of us.  Lawrence Welk had a vanity plate that read NE1NE2.  In the eponymous Seinfeld TV series, wacky neighbor Kramer kept looking for a license plate that read ASSMAN until it turned up on a car belonging to a proctologist.  The new Breaking Bad spinoff – Better Call Saul – shows the back of a Cadillac with the plate LWYRUP.

All too often, people go overboard or cannot get exactly the right plate, resulting in poor spelling and questionable taste.  A friend of mine (the second F in Friend of a Friend – FOAF) has collected vanity plate names for decades as a hobby and, when I see an amusing one, I send it on to him.  Here is a list of recent ones I’ve seen that, in a number of cases, asks the inevitable question “Why?”  How a few of these got past the prudish censors is beyond me.

AWTOBAN CARRPDM OFEELIA
SEXTONL ALLONS E EL FLOW
CORKDORK P8DOFF BUSTEM
EL-CHE KING ANT 6BUURGH
1 KNOW 2ADMIRE NASTY4-6
1HOTHO PPSSY JUJUMMY
MAH TOY IM GRUVY JOE BUTT

And my favorite…

O DIREA

 

Well, I gotta go.  If you see an amusing or questionable plate, pass it on.

Bonf3

 

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18 responses to “Bonfire of the Vanity Plates

  1. One of my work colleagues went to Vegas with his wife recently and saw a plate that he said reminded him of me—WAHAHA … I dunno — I think it’s missing the B or M at the front, as my laughs are usually evil (but a fun kind of evil).

    Too bad I just got a different kind of specialty plate … that would be a winner.

  2. Ha! Love the Lawrence Welk one! That phrase is still burned into my brain after all these years.

    I just saw one last night: “ITRAINU”. I presume it belonged to a personal trainer, but it brought out the worst in me. I wanted to go and bang on his window and yell “That’s what you think, buddy!” or “Never in a million years!” But then again, I have been accused of being untrainable…

  3. Hi Curmy! Vanity plates annoy me too. But I think the family member stickers, including the pets, displayed across the back window do it even more. Very funny listing of ones you’ve seen though. Is that a pink Cadillac you’re driving or is it just me? Do you sell Mary Kay cosmetics on the side or something?

  4. So the CRMDGN isn’t yours? Drat! It should be.

  5. “Joe Butt”–Haha. What would make someone put that on their license plate? I’d hate to see his bumper stickers.

  6. Do you happen to know which state has more per capita vanities than any other state? I have no idea, but if I had to wager a guess, I would say North Dakota.

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