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Atomic blast licence plates
June 7, 2002 3:36 PM   Subscribe

Atomic blast licence plates are rejected by state.
"Any reference on a license plate to weapons of mass destruction is inappropriate and would likely offend our citizens."
posted by Mwongozi (12 comments total)

 
Funny, I'm much more offended by the daily references in the world news....
posted by rushmc at 3:38 PM on June 7, 2002


woo hoo! I won.
posted by mdn at 3:43 PM on June 7, 2002


For reference, the plates would have looked like this.

And yeah, I would have found it pretty offensive.
posted by Mwongozi at 3:43 PM on June 7, 2002


Mwongozi - Thanks for posting it, I hadn't seen it before.

I love how the old-west neueSerif styling of the "NEVADA" worked along with the atomic symbol and e=mc2 ... oh, and not to mention that the "NEVADA" seems to have gone up in the mushroom cloud...

Amazingly poorly thought out... I'm surprised that it got that far.
posted by SpecialK at 3:49 PM on June 7, 2002


That's cool. I'd love to drive around with a mushroom cloud on my bumper. I wonder if I could drive back to Reno and convince the DMV to swap me a pair of these for my set of old NV plates?
posted by Mars Saxman at 4:26 PM on June 7, 2002


"Politicians talk of how important it is for science to answer questions, not politicians, and yet they used politics to make this decision," Wade said.

there is a scientific answer to question of whether it is offensive to have license plates displaying a mushroom cloud?

"Yucca Mountain had everything to do with it."

i can kind of see the yucca mountain thing. it's hard to decry the federal gov't for trying to ship radioactive waste to Nevada when you are celebrating the virtues of the A-bomb on your license plates.
posted by boltman at 4:46 PM on June 7, 2002


"No amount of revisionist history will change the fact the cold war was fought and won on Nevadas soil said Wade..."

no amount of revisionist history will change the fact that gambling occurred in Nevada before Seigel got there.
In 1931, Anthony Cornero opened one of Las Vegas' first casino, 'The Green Meadows'. Corenro was in Independent bootlegger from the west coast. He was the guy with the booze-craps flotilla. Story has it, he was under pressure from the FEDS, was in LA, caught a train to oregon with 2$ mil large. Feds got wind boarded said train, he stashed the dough, hopped off the train, grabbed a car then a plane, boarded the train again, disguised himself as a steward, retrieved the cash under the nose of the G-man, hopped back off the train and wound up in seattle in time for a late supper. The 'Rex', one of his love boats, was capable or repelling pirates. He took in 20 million a year (gross), 300 brothels, 600 cat-houses, 1800 book houses, 23,000 slots. The syndicate didn't touch him for the longest while. Earl Warren said of him "No human being is big enough for that". He died shooting craps at the Desert Inn, July, 31, 1955, He had 800$ in his pocket.

no statue, no plaque.

Nevada won the cold war?
posted by clavdivs at 5:05 PM on June 7, 2002


"I'd love to drive around with a mushroom cloud on my bumper."

I've always wanted bumper-mounted nuclear missiles. I think a fission-tipped Tomahawk would be just the thing to take care of the Buick driving fifty miles an hour in the passing lane, with only the top of a hat peeking over the seatback.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:36 PM on June 7, 2002


I don't really see how a mushroom cloud could be offensive. And even if it is, should it really be banned? It's not like they were promoting porno plates or something.

Or maybe you people are not offended by the images themselves, but by the idea that not everyone is so stridently anti-nuke...
posted by delmoi at 6:24 PM on June 7, 2002


Maybe they can still put a mushroom cloud on the Nevada state quarter. . . .
posted by LeLiLo at 7:24 PM on June 7, 2002


Looks like they'll have to ban these as well.

I thought the plate was kinda cool. Would look nice sitting on the back of my '49 Ford.
posted by groundhog at 3:14 AM on June 8, 2002


So what's going to be on the license plate? "Nevada: Arbiters of Good Taste?"
posted by Down10 at 7:26 PM on June 8, 2002


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