AUGUST 1, 2005
THE COUNTRY CORNER
FRANKFORT, Ky. - That smiling sun on Kentucky's license plates was just a bit too cheerful for most drivers: Now Mr. Smiley's headed for the recycling bin. The sunshine plates were met with ridicule when then-Gov. Paul Patton unveiled the design in December 2002. Gov. Ernie Fletcher is scheduled to announce the change at a news conference Tuesday.
Some drivers drew a mustache on the smiling sun's image or covered it up with a frowning-face sticker or duct tape. Others even paid extra money not to have Mr. Smiley greet other drivers with his motto, "Kentucky: It's that friendly."
The backlash brought a surge in sales of specialty plates.
"A lot of people found them to be so obnoxious they wouldn't put them on their cars," Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said.
Despite the criticisms, the smiling sun won the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association 2003 award for best license plate, beating Maine's lobster by one vote.
The Mr. Smiley plates will not completely vanish until all cars receive the "Unbridled Spirit" tags beginning Jan. 1. The new plates will have a small outline of Kentucky in the center.
Mr. Smiley even irritated some state legislators, who proposed several bills over the past two years to change the plates.
"I think it's a fortunate situation that Mr. Smiley will disappear," said Republican state Sen. Tom Buford, who sponsored some of those bills. "The state was not served well with an odd plate like that."
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An Irishman in a wheel chair entered a restaurant
near afternoon and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee.
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Jesus sitting over there?"
1. California became a state.
Two hillbillies walk into a restaurant. Suddenly, a woman at a nearby table, who is eating a sandwich, begins to cough. After a minute or so, it becomes apparent that she is in real distress. One of the hillbillies looks at her and says, "Kin ya swallar?" The woman shakes her head no. "Kin ya breathe?" The woman begins to turn blue and shakes her head no. The hillbilly walks over to the woman, lifts up the back of her dress, yanks down her drawers and quickly gives her right butt cheek a lick with his tongue. The woman is so shocked that she has a violent spasm and the obstruction flies out of her mouth. As she begins to breathe again, the hillbilly walks slowly back to his table. His partner says, "Ya know, I'd heard of that there 'Hind Lick Maneuver', but I ain't never seen nobody do it."
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