The state said no. And it says no a lot, judging by the list of rejected vanity-plate applications that are visible at the freedom-of-information clearinghouse governmentattic.org. For $46, Kansans can use up to seven characters to express themselves in, the state says, "any available combination as long as the message does not contain a profane, vulgar, lewd, or indecent meaning, symbol, or connotation." Naturally, some citizens view that guideline as a challenge. How, they wonder, can I fool the Man into letting me show fellow drivers my BALLZ?
Among the hundreds of recorded attempts to defy statute, taste and common sense (most often using forms of the words ass, bitch and pimp, give or take the occasional BXLICKR), these are our favorites. We like them so much, in fact, that we wanted to see how they'd look on the road. Our versions of 10 Kansas license plates that will never see the light of the day are after the jump.