WHO R8X, how would you read that on a license plate? One Missouri woman felt it was degrading to drive around with the plate which she read as 'whore times eight'. She found it even more insulting with the state motto above it 'The show me state'. Miossouri DMV disagreed and said she would have to pay for a replacement plate until a local TV station got involved. I wonder what her new plate says.
Several Japanese pornographers put themselves out of business by mailing out their catalogs of illegal porn a bit too randomly. The Osaka Chief of police received 3 catalogs which resulted in a raid and six arrests. Perhaps they should compile a mailing list for future use.
Occasionally I find myself trying to get into the wrong car in parking lots, because I don't bother to look that closely at the car. If it's the same color and shape as mine, and parked in the same general location, I assume it's mine. But that's not always true. I realize my mistake when the key doesn't fit.
Back in 1985, a case like this occurred. A couple tried to get into a car in a shopping mall parking lot that was the same make, model, and color as their own. But it turned out that the cars had identical keys as well. So they got into the car and drove away. They only realized the mix-up when they noticed that the stuff inside the car wasn't theirs. When they drove back to recover their own car, they found out that the owner of the other car also had the same last name as them. And finally, this all happened on April Fool's Day, but I'm trusting that it happened as reported, since the news report appeared after April 1st. [Bangor Daily News - Apr 3, 1985]
On Sept. 27, 1986, 1.5 million balloons were released above Cleveland's Public Square. The world-record-setting event was intended as a fundraiser for the United Way. But the publicity turned negative when all those balloons that had floated up eventually came right back down, creating a massive mess throughout the region. Read more about it on cleveland.com.