If you’ve ever seen a vanity plate, take a few seconds and post a comment on the Facebook Plate Show page. What, you’ve never seen a vanity plate? Well, go to Plate Show on Facebook and take a look… then post a comment! 🙂
I found Harry Potter!
So many more at http://vanityplat.es
Stay tuned for the return of Plate Show.
sweet vanity plates puzzle (via shawnblog)
I recently added a link to the “vanity plates” page on Wikipedia titled, “Plate Show is a web show about life, vanity plates and the meanings behind them” (this is the show’s tagline). I was getting pretty steady traffic from it for a few weeks and, after noticing that was not happening anymore, I went to check the page and found that my link is no longer there.
I’m wondering if this is just the expected moron factor, where someone decided my link somehow interfered with theirs and decided to remove the “competition” or if I possibly broke a Wikipedia rule that I would not have known about (since I never read anything) by posting a link to my own web site or something else I overlooked? If I add my link back, am I in danger of starting the wiki equivalent of a flame war—or maybe even breaking some other wiki rule?
I’ve already noticed that my personal collection of vanity plate images is growing beyond “Largest Gallery of Vanity Plates on The Web” listed and so titled on Wikipedia. I don’t want to go removing links… I can make mine “The Largest Individually Collected…” or something—even though mine actually will also be the largest gallery with just one more image!
So, should I just add my link again? Have I broken the law of the wiki?
What’s the deal? Please reblog or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all Wikipedia expertise.
In the early 90’s, I was working for Daymon Associates doing market research. I had been keenly observant of vanity plates for most of my life already, since my Dad used to figure them out on our drives back and forth from New York when I was a young kid. It was in this travel heavy job, that my constant vanity plate observations probably became much more thoughtful because I was on my own for 10-12 hours at a time—and looking at plenty of cars!
One day, walking out of what was then named Price Club (now Costco) on West Ox Road in Fairfax, VA, I noticed a Chevy Suburban being loaded up with several flat carts of merchandise from what must have been a very expensive shopping trip. The truck adorned the Virginia vanity plate: NEVERENF
At that age, the ideas of love, peace and happiness in a “less is more” lifestyle had not yet crossed my mind. If someone had suggested the truth that the more things you own, the more things own you, I might have laughed before disregarding them as foolish. New stuff was the answer, right!? It had to be… I wanted it!
Lust for more, greedy thoughts and hording are, sadly, the common mode of operation for many in our world. I don’t know if the vanity plate “NEVERENF” was social commentary on this observation or simply acknowledgment of the owners condition, but over the weekend, this distant memory came back as though it had happened yesterday.
I was in New York, attending a memorial service with friends for a great man. After a 4am departure from MD, we were meeting with the family at Carle Place Diner. In the bright, morning sunshine, one step before walking in the door of the diner, I turned and notice the Maryland vanity plate NEVERENF on an SUV.
A rush of the memories I’ve briefly described above came over me. As I told my friends, I was informed that the owner was a cousin in the family we were there attending the service for and it was later confirmed that it had been a Virginia plate years earlier, belonging to her brother!
I suddenly felt I must have a cosmic connection with vanity plates. Who knows, maybe all of us do! 🙂
DC Tag: EVIL [more vanity plates here]