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Snuckles
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posted 07 March 2005 04:59 AM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
HLY CRP! Seems there's a whole lot of profanity in Ontario vanity. Drivers in this province have managed to get approved dozens of "offensive" terms on their vanity licence plates despite the best efforts of government censors.

But the public is eagle-eyed and more than willing to squeal, according to complaints filed with the ministry of transportation and obtained by the Sunday Sun under freedom of information legislation.

From Italian slang for male private parts to degrading Japanese sex acts, personalized licence plates have been the subject of 54 public complaints since 2000. Not bad, considering the ministry issued 136,000 vanity plates and rejected 2,755 in that same period.


Read it here.


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Anchoress
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posted 07 March 2005 05:04 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
TAXSLAVE

Is one of the rejected license plates??


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Hephaestion
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posted 07 March 2005 05:59 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Then there was the true case (reported by a Winnipeg columnist) when Manitoba first brought in vanity plates. The plates in question belonged to a curvacious young lady, who nearly caused a Winnipeg cop to hit a pole when he first saw them:

3M TA3

Hint: The cop noticed it when he looked in his rear-view mirror.

(Now that's creative!)


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voice of the damned
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quote:
FKGM: "I happen to work for a division of GM and this makes the nature of the message particularly galling," a complainant wrote.

Oh, the humanity. And some people say we don't need the hate speech laws?

quote:
BUKAKE: "... is a term for a degrading sexual act and probably should not be allowed."

How likely is it that someone whose cultural excursions have already familiarized him with the word "bukake" is going to be offended by seeing it on a licence plate?

[ 07 March 2005: Message edited by: voice of the damned ]


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Anchoress
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posted 07 March 2005 06:34 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
BUKKAKE

Warning: Non-office-safe website, but contains some interesting sections including:

Bukkake Techniques
Shared Bukkake
Bukkake Initiation
Bukkake Races
Bukkake Tips
Eat Right for Maximum Ejaculate
Skin Treatment
Bukkake Links


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Agent 204
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posted 07 March 2005 08:52 AM      Profile for Agent 204   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Hephaestion:
Then there was the true case (reported by a Winnipeg columnist) when Manitoba first brought in vanity plates. The plates in question belonged to a curvacious young lady, who nearly caused a Winnipeg cop to hit a pole when he first saw them:

3M TA3

Hint: The cop noticed it when he looked in his rear-view mirror.

(Now that's creative!)


Ha! You beat me to it (I believe Lindor Reynolds in the Free Press was the columnist who reported this one). Apparently the plate was actually recalled.

Another example I've heard of comes from Australia. Someone had a plate that said:

6UL DV8


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Wilf Day
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posted 07 March 2005 09:01 AM      Profile for Wilf Day     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The worst plate I ever saw was many years ago, when they were new and the list of prohibited plates was a lot shorter:

H8

[ 07 March 2005: Message edited by: Wilfred Day ]


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jeff house
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posted 07 March 2005 01:20 PM      Profile for jeff house     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I well remember that a fellow in Ontario got in trouble for the licence plate he ordered. It said:

"18 nchs" or 18 inches. The authorities took it back, and he demanded a clear explanation. His last name was Halfyard, and he thought there could be no possible objection to his creative expression of his name.

I remember the authority figure going on tv and ABSOLUTELY REFUSING to give a reason for why this plate was no good.


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No Yards
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posted 07 March 2005 01:29 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A friend of mine who was a car salesman in Nova Scotia, when there was no such thing as vanity plates there, went to one of his friends at the DMV to see what plates were available for his little red Honda civic that he had just finished customizing for weekend racing (at a real track, not street racing.)

His little red rumbling hot rodded Honda ended up with the license plates AKA 666.


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Michelle
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posted 07 March 2005 01:31 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Haha! I'd have loved to be the reporter or interviewer on that one.

I don't get the H8 one.

I also don't see why FKGM or TAXSLAVE should be banned. Heaven forbid we should be allowed to express an opinion! You know, beyond, "MSHL GR8" or something.


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voice of the damned
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posted 07 March 2005 01:37 PM      Profile for voice of the damned     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I also don't see why FKGM or TAXSLAVE should be banned. Heaven forbid we should be allowed to express an opinion! You know, beyond, "MSHL GR8" or something.


re TAXSLAVE: I'm guessing that the government doesn't think that it should be endorsing political opinions on licence plates that it issues. If I'm not mistaken, licence plates are state property.

As for FKGM, probably the implied obscenity was enough to do it in.

Oh, and I assume H8 means "hate".

[ 07 March 2005: Message edited by: voice of the damned ]


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Bacchus
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posted 07 March 2005 01:39 PM      Profile for Bacchus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One guy I know has the last name of Herzog and everyone refers to him as the Zog. So he got vanity plates that said THE ZOG and he got them pulled after one of the members of his synagogue complained
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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 07 March 2005 01:44 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
FYI, ZOG is a term popular among right-wing nutbars and stands for "Zionist Occupation Government".

NTFADA was allowed and then pulled after complaints (and this was during the first intifada).

JEHAD was nearly pulled, until its owner pointed out that it was his first name.

To my chagrin, I've seen PRO LIF.

I enjoyed seeing YOUR AD


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Michelle
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posted 07 March 2005 01:50 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by voice of the damned:
Oh, and I assume H8 means "hate".

Yeah, I thought of that, but I didn't really get what the point was. Hate what? And alone, why would it be so terrible?

Also, if you can have PRO LIF then you should be allowed to have TAXSLAVE. Both are political sentiments.

FMNIST could be fun.


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 07 March 2005 02:10 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ministry of Transportation site

quote:
You may purchase a personalized plate for a passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle or motorcycle. Passenger and commercial plates may have two to eight characters. Motorcycles may have two to five characters.

Any combination of letters and numbers may be reserved provided the following has not occurred:

- the combination of letters/numbers you selected has been issued, or
- your plate choice has been rejected.

Once reserved, your plate must still pass a review committee, which may reject the plate if it is considered to be objectionable, for example:

- derogatory
- profane
- racist
- sexual
- religious.

If a request is rejected, you may send a written appeal to:

Ministry of Transportation
P.O. Box 9800
Kingston, ON K7L 5N8

You may also convert an existing plate to a personalized plate. New personalized plates must be manufactured and will be shipped to you.

You may also choose to add a graphic symbol to your unique personalized plate. (Graphics are not available on motorcycle plates, and seven and eight character personalized plates cannot include graphics.)

To order your plate, call 1-800-AUTO-PL8 (1-800-288-6758) or visit a Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office or ServiceOntario Kiosk

Graphic Plates
Here's an opportunity to add some colour and flair to your vehicle licence plates. You can choose a graphic like the loon or trillium; or you can support your favorite Ontario professional sports team, community organization or university. There are over 40 to choose from, so go ahead, EXPRESS YOURSELF!



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Section 49
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posted 07 March 2005 06:31 PM      Profile for Section 49     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Last summer I was driving in front of a guy with this plate:

TIH2

I laughed when I caught it in my rearview mirror, and figured somebody at MTO didn't pay close enough attention to the application.


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Papal Bull
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posted 07 March 2005 09:06 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Would it be wrong for me to state that EVERY license plate in Ontario should somehow involve the term bukake?
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ShyViolet
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posted 07 March 2005 09:10 PM      Profile for ShyViolet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
yes.

that song makes me want to scream and rip my hair out.


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Michelle
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posted 07 March 2005 09:50 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What does bukkake mean?
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ShyViolet
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posted 07 March 2005 09:51 PM      Profile for ShyViolet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
freakin' annoying.

it's stuck in my head right now!! ahhhh!


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 07 March 2005 10:03 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's my personalized Iowa license plate.

Let's see if anyone gets it:

ITH NII

Those are "I's" not 1s

Hint: Its a question asked and answered. Both the state and the picture of myself I posted in the babble family album are big clues.

But without a certain bumper sticker on my car I have to explain it to everyone.


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 07 March 2005 10:06 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Is this heaven?

No, it's Iowa.

[Did I guess right?]


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Papal Bull
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posted 07 March 2005 10:06 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Michelle:
What does bukkake mean?

It is where a woman or women or man or men is surrounded my men and promptly ejaculated upon. It is extremely demeaning, but it is a fairly well known term to many. And the very thought of people doing this makes me giggle with boyish disgust!


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Michelle
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posted 07 March 2005 10:08 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh my god. It's official. I'm OLD.

A TEENAGER had to explain a sex term to me.

Oh man!


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 07 March 2005 10:09 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Just be glad it wasn't your son.
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Papal Bull
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posted 07 March 2005 10:11 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Oliver Cromwell:
Just be glad it wasn't your son.

Hey! I had to explain how various pieces of marijuana paraphenelia work to my mother! That was funny...


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Michelle
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posted 07 March 2005 10:15 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Oliver Cromwell:
Just be glad it wasn't your son.

Considering that he's SIX, yes, I'm very glad he doesn't know what that word means! Yaugh.


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 07 March 2005 10:18 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Oliver Cromwell:
Is this heaven?

No, it's Iowa.

[Did I guess right?]


Damn you are good.

Give that man a cigar

The bumper sticker that accompanies the tag is from the Field of Dreams.

Maybe I gave too many clues?

Edited to add: re: Bukkake - my son is heavily into Japanese culture/anime and takes Japanese in school. Although he knows all about Hentai, I'm almost afraid to ask him about this

[ 07 March 2005: Message edited by: Egalitarian American ]


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Stephen Gordon
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posted 07 March 2005 10:22 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I remembered the Field of Dreams picture from that other thread - great photo, BTW.
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Papal Bull
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posted 07 March 2005 10:43 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Egalatarian...Ah...Like how heavy are we talking? Does he go to conventions in "cosplay" and ask you "onegai shimasu"?
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posted 07 March 2005 11:24 PM      Profile for ShyViolet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Papal_Bull:

It is where a woman or women or man or men is surrounded my men and promptly ejaculated upon. It is extremely demeaning, but it is a fairly well known term to many. And the very thought of people doing this makes me giggle with boyish disgust!


erm...maybe i should tell my brother that, as he loves the "i like bukkake" song...

yeesh! *shudders*


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Américain Égalitaire
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posted 07 March 2005 11:40 PM      Profile for Américain Égalitaire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Papal_Bull:
Egalatarian...Ah...Like how heavy are we talking? Does he go to conventions in "cosplay" and ask you "onegai shimasu"?

I've heard of cosplay but no, he doesn't. I'll ask him about the other thing and get back to you.

Edited to add: he said that means to make a request in Japanese. I don't think he'd be caught dead in cosplay.

[ 07 March 2005: Message edited by: Egalitarian American ]


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Hephaestion
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posted 08 March 2005 04:09 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Okay, I'll bite... what is "cosplay"?
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posted 08 March 2005 04:37 AM      Profile for kuri   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Cosplay ( コスプレ ) is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, and video games, and, less commonly, live action television shows, movies, or Japanese pop music bands.

From wikipedia

A couple of examples I seen on the net: A Spanish group of Hello!Project cosplayers and TRON guy as well as, I suppose, Prince Harry. A bit of interesting nerd culture... I think cosplay would be expensive, though!

edited because ubb turned the katakana into a smilie!

[ 08 March 2005: Message edited by: dokidoki ]


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quote:
Originally posted by Papal_Bull:
It is extremely demeaning

I don't think it has to be.


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maestro
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My favourite licence plate story, courtesy of...jeez I can't remember now. I think it was some magazine that had puzzles by Martern Gardner.

A man sees a car travelling down the street with the licence plate IML8 IML8

What was the model of car?


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posted 08 March 2005 05:39 AM      Profile for Anchoress     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
duh, I dunno, bunny wabbit?
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Anchoress
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Adding this to take the answer off the TAT:

Anybody remember that game show that was based on guessing license plates? What was the darn thing called?


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posted 08 March 2005 06:20 AM      Profile for Seiltänzer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
BUMPER STUMPERS!
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Anchoress
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quote:
Originally posted by Seiltänzer:
BUMPER STUMPERS!

LOL thanks. Amazing that I forgot such an hilarious and original title??


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posted 09 March 2005 01:44 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally practiced in Japan, bukkake has spread like wildfire across the globe and now has several distinct schools of practice, each with their own forms.

Get out! Suddenly people get an urge to participate in something like this? Are they organized like Tupperware parties?


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quote:
Originally posted by al-Qa'bong:
Are they organized like Tupperware parties?

More like Showers.


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