For God’s Sake, Take Off Your Dealer License Plate Frame

I'll tell you when I first realized that we have a serious problem. It was just a few days ago, when I came up behind a car in traffic with one of those enormous plastic license plate frames. Printed on top was the name of the dealer – something like "ANDERSON MOTORS." And on the bottom, in the same enormous font,… » 9/16/14 4:06pm Tuesday 4:06pm

Confederate License Plates: The Price Of Government Greed

The world of specialty license plates is a complicated intersection of private douchbaggery and governmental robbery. Why do we even have to pay for a license and registration? The government shouldn't be jacking people with a hidden tax — a hidden regressive tax that hits poor people harder than the rich — for the… » 7/16/14 2:22pm 7/16/14 2:22pm

Human Denied N.H. License Plate That Isn't About Sex Or Violence

There are plenty of license plates you can't have in other states because they're usually about sex or bodily functions, like 4NIKK8 on a Georgia plate. But a New Hampshire man has gone to the state's Supreme Court because he thinks he should be allowed to say "cops lie." After all, this is the "Live Free or Die"… » 11/10/13 11:00am 11/10/13 11:00am

Your NY State License Plate Can't Say PUBES, KOTEX, or LUVCOK

It's not that surprising that "FUCKER," "DILD0E" and "SUCKIT" (and all variations thereof) are on the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles's list of banned vanity plates. But non-straight people, Jews, and Kurt Vonnegut fans might be dismayed to know that GAYGUY, PISHER, and KARASS are no-nos, too. We're living… » 7/30/13 2:05pm 7/30/13 2:05pm

Indiana Vanity Plates On Hold Because Cop Wants Hilarious “0ink” Plate

A cop in Indiana has temporarily brought the state's vanity plate program to a halt while the state works out the legality of his "0ink" license plate, because people who dole out those plates aren't any fun. What's wrong with a Pig loving his fellow pigs? Just kidding coppers, please don't arrest me. » 7/20/13 3:00pm 7/20/13 3:00pm

How Automated License Plate Readers Threaten Our Privacy

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Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using sophisticated cameras, called “automated license plate readers” or ALPR, to scan and record the license plates of millions of cars across the country. These cameras, mounted on top of patrol cars and on city streets, can scan up to 1,800 license plate per minute, day or… » 5/07/13 9:47am 5/07/13 9:47am

The Strange Handmade Charm Of India

Here in the USA, you can almost always spot an Indian product. This is very different than Chinese products, which are so numerous and varied as to be anonymous. But Indian products you find in the America, they almost all have this artisan/handmade quality. Whether it's jewelry in bins at Anthropologie or manhole… » 2/20/13 12:41pm 2/20/13 12:41pm