Daily Archives: July 3, 2010

California screws with license plates. And the world record for underwear-wearing

This is how hard up state governments are for money: This idea actually is getting traction.
A lawmaker in California wants to sell advertisements on license plates, to raise funds to fix a $19 billion state deficit. The ads would only flash, we are assured, when the car is stopped at a red light. At all other times, it’d look like a normal plate.
This is all kinds of stupid. Does everything in our society have to be used to make a buck? A freaking license plate ad? I guess it shouldn’t be that surprising, considering there are ads on taxis all over the place.
And, as Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me pointed out, it could make life difficult for cops. They made the joke that officers will say “Yep, I’ve got the plate number right here. FXJ, If you have an erection that lasts longer than four hours, call your doctor, 5TZ.”
**A 10-year-old boy in Warwick, N.Y. set a Guinness Book of World Records mark a few weeks ago for wearing 215 pairs of underpants at the same time.
I love these stories for the sheer ridiculousness of them. Who thinks of this stuff? Was the kid, Jack Singer,  sitting at the dinner table one day and said “Mom, Dad, you know what I really want for my birthday? I want to stand against a wall, naked in front of family and friends, while you two pull 215 increasingly larger pairs of underwear over my tiny rear end.
And oh yeah, can you make sure there’s a film crew on hand to videotape the festivities? Thanks.”
I mean, look at this kid’s face at the 0:52 mark. Does he look happy?
What a country we live in.