Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wierd number plates

In US, you get to see a lot of cars. And not just a lot of cars, you get to see cars of various makes. You can see brands like Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Saab, Mazda, Pontiac, Corvette, Ford, Chevrolet, Hummer, Volvo, Mercedes, Cadillac, Audi, Dodge, Kia, Acura, Lexus, Infiniti... (I am running out of names) and their various models. So when you go out on the road, you come across these vehicles as if they are the regular ones. And back home, when some of these beauties grace the road, they entice some 'oohs' and 'aahs' from the people on the roads (though these 'oohs' and 'aahs' have gone down considerably over the last few years).

Just like we have number plates for every car (and even for other vehicles) in India, each car here has a numberplate too. But the tagging of number plates is different from the way it happens in India. And we are not getting into the nitty-gritties of number plate tagging. One interesting aspect of number plates here is that these guys can register anything they want for their number plate. Following are some wierd and funny number plates that I have seen here-
1. CIVIC 25 - There is nothing funny about this. I am not sure if the number was 25 or was it something else. But the point is not the number or digits. The point is that CIVIS is the name of a car model manufactured by Honda. But what caught our attention was that the car was Honda ACCORD, but the number plate mentioned 'CIVIC' followed by a number. :) Strange.

2. BUG4YOU - This was very innovative. I spotted this numberplate on a Volkswagen Beetle. The guy must surely be very innovative to get this analogy and put it up on his numberplate.

3. VAIGRU - If you read the letters individually, they don't mean anything. But read them together and you read something like 'Vahe Guru'. Seems like this car is owned by a Punjabi or a Sikh.

4. REERAW - I am sure the guy who got this registered might have wanted SEESAW for his numberplate but ended up with REERAW instead. :D Who would like to travel in a car that says 'SEESAW'. Leave aside passengers, even the owner would not like to have a see-saw ride in his car.

5. LOMANTO - Couldn't figure out the head or tail of this number plate. A few thoughts that came to my mind - what if the guy actualy wanted 'TOMATO' but rewrote the words to TOMANTO. TOMANTO sounds wierd, so he got the number plate registered as LOMANTO (not that LOMANTO doesn't sound any less wierd than TOMANTO). Or maybe it could have been something like 'LOMANLO', read as LO MAN LO (hindi wala 'LO'). Or possibly something like 'DOMANDO'. It seems as if he is placing an order for 2 men. Before I get any more stray thoughts, lets leave this LOMANTO here.

And here is the one that takes the cake-
6. HOTMOM - This was actually a number plate. I am sure this was a trick to ensure all people who try to be oversmart with HOTMOM get caught by the police. It's like this - you will notice the numberplate when you are behind the car. And since it says HOTMOM, I am sure there will be some guys who would like to check out who this HOT MOM is. To do this, they would have to overtake this car and increase speed. Now here comes the best part - SPEED limit is monitored strictly (ok not as strictly, but definitely much more stricter than in our desh). Besides, overtaking is not like our country. I am not saying you can't overtake, but if you don't drive straight and are seen going zig zag continuously, somebody may actually call the cops and report you. Also, people drive their cars with the windows rolled up and enjoying the AC / heater depending on the season. So you can't even stick your head out of the window and shout or pass comments the way it sometimes happens in our beloved country. You do it here and somebody will again complain to the cops and you are penalized.

All other number plates that I have seen are more normal like - i.e. either all numbers or a combination of numbers or alphabets which do not make any sense to me but they might make some sense to the owner. I will let you know if I come across any other interesting numberplates.

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Blogger Cyber Junkie .. said...

Sirji...Its funny..rather weird . Nice observation . :P

9:41 AM  
Blogger amareshswain said...

Good explanantion.
Adding to this:
- LOMANTO is a surname in south-central states of the USA (like the's a family name.)
- Lomanto is a type of wine grape grown in Texas.

10:07 AM  
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