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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

territorial claim?
This doesn't look right to you either, does it? But it's real. Not only is it on the State of Tennessee's website, it was also on a car in front of me on my drive home this evening. Thus my curiosity was piqued.

It turns out that Tennessee has several collegiate specialty plates for its citizens to choose from, and the kicker is that only about half of them are of Tennessee-based schools! So you too could put a schizophrenic Tennessee plate on your car, proudly displaying your out-of-town allegiance to Penn State, Ole Miss or Auburn.

What gives? I could almost understand it if they sanctioned specialty plates limited to just SEC schools. But this just seems random. So what if there are plenty of alum from those other schools (which I assume there has to be, for these plates to have been commissioned)? Is Tennessee going to keep adding plates until they've covered every college and university in the country? The plates look weird, fake even.

Florida, sensibly, limits its school specialty plates to in-state schools. Of all places, you'd think Florida would emulate Tennessee's example: Everyone here is from somewhere else.