21 Obscure References in Classic Songs—Explained!

We've all heard these classic pop and rock hits a thousand times. But even if you know all the words, do you know what they were about?

1. "You’re So Vain," Carly Simon

“You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte.”

The gavotte is a French folk dance that was popular in the late 16th century. It was somewhat majestic and pose-y, long before vogueing came into … well, vogue. Simon has stated in interviews that she pictured the character in her song making a dramatic entrance, one hand raised and the other on his hip, much like those elegant pantaloon-wearing Baroque folks did back in the day.

2. "The Joker," The Steve Miller Band

“Some people call me Maurice, ‘cause I speak of the pompatus of love.”

“Pompatus” is, indeed, a made-up word, but Mr. Miller didn’t exactly coin it. He has admitted in the past to have been influenced by a 1954 doo-wop hit by the Medallions called “The Letter.” Written by Vernon Green, the song contains the line “Oh my darling, let me whisper sweet words of pizmotality and discuss the puppetutes of love.” According to Green, he’d made up the word “puppetutes” to describe his fantasy paper-doll, or puppet-like, girl. In a “’scuse me while I kiss this guy” moment, Miller transposed “puppetutes” into “pompatus.”

3, 4, and 5. "Down Under," Men at Work

“Traveling in a fried-out Kombi” ... “He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwich” ... “Where beer does flow and men chunder”

This tune is full of Australian slang, which is what made much of it indecipherable to those of us above the Equator. A “Kombi” is what is officially called a Volkswagen Type 2 in Oz, but the nickname comes from its German moniker: Kombinationskraftwagen. Americans know it better as a VW Microbus.

Vegemite is an Aussie favorite—a spreadable paste made from brewer’s yeast, vegetables, wheat, and some assorted spices. They slather it on toast, hide it inside pastries, and layer it between slices of bread to make a delectable sandwich.

Chunder is what a lot of folks do after consuming too much beer, or other alcohol, or spoiled food, or during a bout of the flu. In other words, el barfo.

6. "Surfin’ USA," The Beach Boys

“You'd see 'em wearin' their baggies, Huarache sandals, too”

“Baggies” were the boxer-style bathing suits preferred by surfer dudes over the traditional Speedo-type form-fitting model. The extra fabric helped to prevent surfboard wax from painfully ripping out upper-leg hair when the surfer rose from a sitting to a standing position. Huarache is a type of woven leather sandal, one that’s actually closer to a shoe than a sandal. One that, I cringe to report, my Dad used to wear with socks (“Support plus absorption equals comfort.”)

7. "Jailhouse Rock," Elvis Presley

“The whole rhythm section was the Purple Gang”

Thanks to its proximity to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Detroit was an important stop on the Underground Booze Railroad during Prohibition. Liquor, legal in Canada, was smuggled across the Ambassador Bridge or even driven in Model Ts across the frozen Detroit River during the winter, where it then generally ended up in the hands of the notorious Purple Gang. What Al Capone and his gang were to Chicago, Sammie Cohen, the Bernstein brothers, and the rest of the Purples were to Detroit. The Purple Gang started out as a pipeline for Canadian whiskey to Capone, but eventually a turf war ensued.

8. "Hotel California," The Eagles

“Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air”

According to the Eagles’ then-manager, “colitas” was explained to Don Henley and Glenn Frey as literally meaning “little buds” by their Mexican-American road manager, and further as Spanish slang for “marijuana.”

9 and 10. "Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen

“Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the fandango?” ... “Bismillah! No!”

Scaramouche is a traditional clown character featured in Italian commedia dell'arte. He is a stock character in Punch and Judy shows and often gets his head knocked off of his shoulders by Punch. The fandango is a lively couples dance usually accompanied by guitars, hand claps and castanets.

"Bismillah" is an Arabic word that means "in the name of God." It is used at the head of almost every chapter in the Holy Quran.

11. "I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)," The Proclaimers

“And if I haver, yeah I know I'm gonna be, I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you.”

Thanks to the thick Scottish accents of Charlie and Craig Reid, “haver” actually sounds like “heaver,” which makes one think of chundering (see above). However, in Scotland and northern England, to haver is simply to talk nonsense or babble.

12. "We're an American Band," Grand Funk Railroad

“Sweet, sweet Connie, doin' her act, She had the whole show and that's a natural fact.”
“Up all night with Freddie King; I got to tell you, poker's his thing.”

Drummer Don Brewer wrote this tune during Grand Funk’s 1972 tour. “Sweet” Connie Hamzy is one of rock ‘n roll’s most notorious groupies, and by her account she’s enjoyed the company of The Who, Neil Diamond, the Allman Brothers, the Eagles, and Led Zeppelin (to name just a few) when they passed through her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. Hamzy stated in a 1992 Penthouse article that she’d also gotten up close and personal with Bill Clinton when he was the Governor of The Natural State.

Blues singer Freddie King was Grand Funk’s opening act on that tour, and his regular post-show ritual included a few high-stakes hands of poker.

13. "Sweet Home Alabama," Lynyrd Skynyrd

“I hope Neil Young will remember a Southern man don't need him around anyhow”… “Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers”

Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young’s song “Southern Man” (from his 1970 album After the Gold Rush) was highly critical of the American South, making reference to things like cross burnings and cracking bullwhips. Skynyrd didn’t cotton to some bacon-loving francophone disrespecting Dixie and took him to task in their 1974 hit. The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, was founded in 1969 by a group of backing musicians who called themselves the Swampers. The quartet had defected from the nearby FAME Studios to set up their own studio and they eventually became the first rhythm section to own their own studio, production and publication companies.

14. “Brass in Pocket,” The Pretenders

“Got brass in pocket, got bottle, I’m gonna use it”
“Been driving, Detroit leaning”… “Got a new skank, so reet”

Even though lead singer Chrissie Hynde grew up in Akron, Ohio, she picked up some local slang when she moved to London in 1973 to form a new band. “Brass in pocket” is British slang for money (it originally referred to the color of the gold coins), and “bottle” means courage. The “Detroit lean” refers to the Motown habit of driving with one hand on the steering wheel while slouching slightly to the right. “Skanking” is a dance step in which the body moves from side to side, and “reet” means cool, or righteous.

15. "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," Billy Joel

“Maybe I should buy some old tab collars?” … “How about a pair of pink sidewinders and a bright orange pair of pants? You could really be a Beau Brummel, baby”

Joel’s tribute to substance over style hit number one in the summer of 1980. The lyrics mention all sorts of trends, both in fashion and music, beginning with a classic tab-collared shirt. This style of men’s dress shirt has two small fabric tabs in the middle of the collar points that are meant to connect to push the tie knot up and out. Sidewinders are a style of slip-on shoe: Some were sneakers, and others were more dressy leather loafers, but the pink variety more likely referred to the canvas-topped version. George “Beau” Brummell was the arbiter of men’s fashion in Regency England. He is credited with making trousers (as opposed to knee breeches and stockings) standard wear, along with a crisp, ironed shirt, tailored suitcoat and knotted necktie.

16. “Killer Queen,” Queen

“She keeps a Moët et Chandon in her pretty cabinet”

Freddie Mercury has said that this 1974 hit was about a “high-class call girl,” so it makes sense that she would keep a bottle of very expensive champagne in her liquor cabinet. The Moët et Chandon winery was established in 1743 and currently holds a Royal Warrant to supply their bubbly to Queen Elizabeth II.

17. "Down on the Corner," Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Blinky thumps the gut bass and solos for a while. Poorboy twangs the rhythm out on his kalamazoo.”

The gut bass as a musical instrument was simply an overturned metal washtub used as a resonator for a broomstick with one or more strings attached to it to make the sound of a bass violin. The Gibson Guitar Corporation was founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1902, and for many years the city’s imprint was stamped on all of their guitars and mandolins.

18. “Sweet Emotion,” Aerosmith

“Tellin' other things, but your girlfriend lied; Can't catch me cause the rabbit done died.”

Until home pregnancy tests became commonplace, a woman had to make an appointment with a doctor to determine whether or not she was with child. The standard method was the so-called “rabbit test,” which involved the doctor injecting the patient’s urine into the ovaries of a female rabbit and then waiting 48 hours or more for the telltale changes which signaled the presence of the hCG hormone. Of course, the phrase “the rabbit died” itself was a misnomer because, regardless of the outcome, the bunny was already deceased prior to its ovaries being removed for testing purposes. But the phrase was commonly used, and it worked lyrically in this case to indicate that just because Girlfriend was in a family way, Boyfriend could not automatically assume that Steven Tyler was the father.

19. "Wrapped Around Your Finger," The Police

“You consider me the young apprentice caught between the Scylla and Charybdis.”

“Caught between the Scylla and Charybdis” is a fancy-schmancy way of saying “between a rock and a hard place” if you’re a student of Greek mythology. According to Homer’s Odyssey, Scylla and Charybdis were two sea monsters who lived within an arrow shot’s distance on opposite sides of a strait that was an important means of passage for sailors of that era.

20. "Jack and Diane," John Cougar Mellencamp

“Let's run off behind a shady tree, dribble off those Bobbie Brooks let me do what I please.”

The “let me do what I please,” added to the stealth of doing so behind a tree, makes it fairly obvious that the singer has less than noble intentions. If any further evidence was needed for his motives, let the record show that Bobbie Brooks was and is the name of a clothing line that was founded in 1939. Their most popular and enduring item, though, is a selection of blue jeans that are now sold exclusively at Dollar General stores.

21. "Werewolves of London," Warren Zevon

“I saw Lon Chaney, Jr. walking with the Queen doing the werewolves of London. I saw a werewolf drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic's…”

Lon Chaney, born Leonidas Frank Chaney, was a silent film actor who was known for playing “grotesque” characters such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. Thanks to his ability to transform his visage so drastically with makeup, he was known as “The Man of 1000 Faces.” His son carried on the family tradition, playing monsters in many Mummy, Frankenstein, Werewolf and Dracula movies in the 1930s and '40s. Trader Vic’s is a restaurant chain that at one time (during the Tiki craze of the 1950s) had 25 Polynesian-themed upscale eateries worldwide. Founder Victor Bergeron was one of two people who claimed to be the creator of the Mai Tai cocktail.

30 Smart Home Products That Make Life Easier

Amazon
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Whether you just left for vacation and realized you forgot to turn the lights off or are dealing with a finicky thermostat as the height of summer approaches, there's a smart gadget out there that can solve just about any modern-day inconvenience. So to help make your life a little easier, we picked out some of our favorite smart products, ranging from TVs armed with all your favorite apps to doorbells that double as security cameras. And best of all, you can operate most of these right from your phone. Check out the list below.

1. Amazon Echo Show; $130

An Amazon Echo display.
Amazon

Amazon's Echo Show might seem like just another one of the company's countless smart devices—it's compatible with Alexa, responds to voice commands, and can control countless apps—but what sets it apart is the 8-inch HD screen, which is perfect for displaying your photos, making video calls, watching how-to videos, and much more. Far from redundant, there are countless ways that the Echo Show's display can make your life easier.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Nest Thermostat; $219

A Nest thermostat.
Google/Amazon

Simply connect this smart thermostat to your Wi-Fi and you’re all set to adjust your home's temperature from just about any of your devices. The Nest even keeps track of the weather outside and adjusts accordingly, so your home will always be at the ideal temperature. And the whole setup is DIY-friendly, meaning a pricey installation isn't completely necessary.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Smart Speaker with Google Assistant; $100

The Google Assistant.
Best Buy

If you're choosing to live in the Google ecosystem, this Google Assistant speaker is going to be your essential smart hub. Similar to Amazon's Echo, this device pairs to more than 1000 different smart products and apps, allowing you to control them with your voice. And instead of Googling questions on your phone, you can simply ask the speaker. This is basically the central nervous system for your smart home.

Buy it: Best Buy

4. TCL 4K Smart Roku TV; $270

A 50-inch smart tv.
TCL/Amazon

With several sizes available, this TV from TCL can turn any room into an entertainment center with its built-in Roku functionality. Stream your favorite movies and shows in HD from apps like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO, and hook it up to your Alexa device to control the television with your voice.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Amazon Fire Stick; $50

An Amazon Fire Stick
Amazon

Just because you don’t have a smart TV doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the benefits of one. The Amazon Fire Stick plugs into your TV's HDMI port and allows you to watch all your shows and movies on Netflix, YouTube, Prime, Disney Plus, and most other major streaming services. And since it hooks up to a user's Amazon account, you can also make purchases right from the TV.

Buy it: Amazon

6. 55-Inch Toshiba Smart LED TV; $450

A Toshiba smart television from Amazon.
Toshiba/Amazon

This Toshiba smart TV has all the functions of an Amazon Fire Stick built directly into it, allowing you to access your favorite apps and subscription services through a remote or Alexa voice commands. And with the 4K video quality, the shows and movies you love have never looked better. No gadgets or add-ons necessary, everything you need for the perfect entertainment setup is in this television.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition; $230

Anker's Nebula Soundbar.
Anker/Amazon

Along with playing the audio from your television, this soundbar has all the Amazon Fire Stick capabilities built right into it. If you're already invested in Amazon's smart products, this is the ideal soundbar to complement it all.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Kasa Smart Plug; $25

Smart plugs from Amazon.
TP-Link/Amazon

These smart plugs operate through an app, so you can plug gadgets and appliances into them and control power from your phone. You can also have the plugs on a schedule that will power off the connected devices whenever you're not home. This is a low-cost way to control your favorite non-smart devices remotely, and can help cut down on energy waste.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Philips LED Smart Lights; $100

Philips Hue smart lightbulbs.
Philips Hue/Amazon

You'll never know true convenience until you've tried smart lights. Through the Philips Hue app, you can turn your lights on or off remotely, and you'll even be able to set schedules so your lights know when you leave the house and come home every day. Plus, smart bulbs consume far less electricity than traditional ones, which can help you save a little money, too.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Tile Pro; $60

Tile Pro GPS Tracker
Tile/Amazon

The Tile Pro will keep you from losing your keys, phones, and any other devices you just can’t live without. All you need to do is clip the device to whatever you want to keep track of and then download the app. You can learn more about the Tile by heading here.

Buy it: Amazon

11. LG Smart Refrigerator; $1800

An LG smart refrigerator.
Best Buy

This smart refrigerator from LG comes equipped with an InstaView panel, allowing you to look inside at what you've got to eat without opening the door and wasting electricity. It also comes with a smart cooling system, which can be controlled with either Alexa or Google Assistant. This monitors the temperature inside and makes any necessary adjustments.

Buy it: Best Buy

12. Smart Instant Pot; $125

A smart Instant Pot on Amazon.
Instant Pot/Amazon

Not only does this one appliance combine a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and four other devices into one, but you can operate all of those different settings through an app. Now, you can schedule cooking times, monitor your food's progress, and access recipes from wherever you are.

Buy it: Amazon

13. Corsori Smart Wi-Fi Air Fryer; $120

The smart Corsori air fryer.
Cosori/Amazon

Similar to the smart Instant Pot, you can schedule and monitor the progress of your hot wings and French fries all from the VeSync app. This device is as simple as it comes: just throw your ingredients in, schedule a time on your phone, and wait for the notification when it's all done. You can also find recipes on the app, so the instructions for the perfect crispy shrimp will only be a click away.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Perfect Drink Pro; $100

The Perfect Drink Pro.
Perfect Company/Amazon

Rise above amateur mixologist and start competing with the pros. All you have to do is select what drink you’re having in the app, put your glassware on the scale, and add the ingredients. The app will let you know in real time when you've added enough of each ingredient and which one to use next. It's a foolproof way to nail your favorite cocktail.

Buy it: Amazon

15. Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug; $80

A smart coffee mug that keeps your drink warm.
Ember/Amazon

Never let your coffee or tea go lukewarm again. This smart mug keeps your beverage hot and can last up to one hour on a single charge. When it's out of juice, simply throw it onto the charger, which doubles as a coaster. And through the app, you can choose your ideal temperature, receive notifications, and more.

Buy it: Amazon

16. Hamilton Beach Works Coffee Maker; $90

A smart Hamilton coffee maker
Hamilton/Amazon

Now you can make sure your coffee is ready to go before you get out of bed. The Hamilton Beach Works Coffee Maker connects to the Alexa app, so you can tell your coffee maker to start brewing, how you want it made, and more. And if you happen to leave the house without turning it off, you can simply take care of it from the app.

Buy it: Amazon

17. Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano; $99

The Anova Cuisine Sous Vide Precision Cooker.
Anova Cuisine/Amazon

This tool takes all the guesswork out of the sous vide culinary method, which involves cooking meat slowly in water that's set to very specific temperatures. It's tricky to do manually, but through the Anova app, you can control the device down to granular details, including exact times and temperatures. You'll even get access to recipes, helping you learn exactly how to make the food as delicious as possible. Learn more about how it works by heading here.

Buy it: Amazon

18. Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale; $30

A smart scale from Amazon.
Etekcity/Amazon

Eating healthy just got a lot easier. This scale has an app that will detail the calories and nutritional facts of all the food you weigh, while keeping track of your daily meals and snacks. You can also sync the information with your Fitbit or Apple Health app to get a clear picture of what you're really eating every day, and how many calories you're burning.

Buy it: Amazon

19. GE Smart Microwave; $145

A smart microwave.
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If you're tired of heating up food only to have it hot on the outside and cold in the middle, you need this microwave. Its Scan-to-Cook technology enables you to send package cooking instructions from your smartphone to the microwave, so you'll always cook your food for the proper time.

Buy it: Best Buy

20. iDevices Kitchen Thermometer; $80

A smart thermometer for cooking.
iDevices/Amazon

With this smart thermometer, all you have to do is set up what your food's temperature should be on your app and stick the thermometer in the meat you're cooking. The app will monitor the rest, and when it reaches the right temperature, you'll get a notification.

Buy it: Amazon

21. Garage Door Opener; $36

A smart garage door opener.
Chamberlain/Amazon

If you want some more peace of mind, this smart device allows you to open and close your garage door from your phone, wherever you are. You'll also get alerts if the doors open without your consent or if you simply forget to close the door after heading out for work in the morning.

Buy it: Amazon

22. iRobot Roomba; $269

The iRobot vacuum cleaner.
iRobot/Amazon

The Roomba was among the first robot vacuums to hit the market, and the models have only gotten sleeker and better over time. This one can be controlled through its native Roomba app, or through the major smart hubs. Scheduling cleanings has never been easier, since all you're really doing is punching a few commands into your phone. The vacuum will then embark on its cleaning journey on its own, even if you're not home. And when the Roomba is out of juice, it will automatically head back to its charging station to power back up.

Buy it: Amazon

23. Ring Smart Doorbell; $169

a smart doorbell.
Ring/Amazon

The Ring Smart Doorbell connects to your smartphone, Echo Show, and other devices, allowing you to watch a live feed of your front door in real time. You can also speak to visitors through the app and keep tabs on the video stream even if you're away from home. This one is ideal for users already set up with Amazon's smart hub.

Buy it: Amazon

24. Rachio Three Smart Sprinkler Controller; $219

A Rachio smart sprinkler system.
Rachio/Amazon

The Rachio sprinkler system can help keep your lawn and garden lush and vibrant all through your smartphone. It allows you to schedule waterings, monitors your water usage, and keeps tabs on the weather to avoid turning on in the rain.

Buy it: Amazon

25. eufy Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell; $160

A smart doorbell.
eufy/Amazon

The eufy smart doorbell, which is similar to the Ring, has two-way audio that allows you to communicate with anyone at the door, in addition to allowing you to pre-record messages while you're away. No matter where you are, you can see who's at your door through eufy’s app.

Buy it: Amazon

26. August Home Smart Lock; $194

A smart lock.
August Home/Amazon

We've all experienced the heart-dropping horror of locking the door behind us, only to remember the keys were still inside. With the August Home Smart Lock, you can unlock or lock your door from wherever you happen to be by using the company's app (don't worry, there's a walkthrough). Or, better yet, you can just use voice commands. For a little added security, there's also a feature that will send you notifications every time your door opens or closes when you're not around.

Buy it: Amazon

27. Sensibo Sky Smart Air Conditioner; $199

A smart air conditioning system.
Sensibo/Amazon

Along with being able to set weekly schedules for your air conditioner seven days in advance, you can use the Sensibo app to control the system from anywhere on a daily basis. And like the Nest Thermostat, the Sensibo keeps track of the temperature outside and adjusts accordingly. If you've got pets, it's the easiest way to make sure your home is at a comfortable temperature when you're not there.

Buy it: Amazon

28. Aromatherapy Smart Essential Oil Diffuser; $40

A smart essential oil diffuser.
Sierra Modern Home/Amazon

If your version of relaxation includes some essential oils, this smart diffuser can release those soothing scents without any real work involved. The app allows you to control the mist intensity and LED lights from your phone, and it can also be controlled with voice commands with the help of Alexa and Google Home.

Buy it: Amazon

29. PetSafe Food Dispenser; $180

A smart pet food dispenser.
Petsafe/Amazon

An automatic feeder is a lifesaver for a busy pet owner, but what about one that you can control with your phone? With the Petsafe, you can dispense food from anywhere and schedule up to 12 meals at a time, all from an app. It's perfect for the cat whose go-to meal is dry food.

Buy it: Amazon

30. Furbo Dog Camera; $199

The Furbo camera.
Furbo/Amazon

The Furbo also allows you to monitor your dog on video from wherever you may be. You can even remotely launch treats, so you can give your canine companion some love even when you're at work or on vacation.

Buy it: Amazon

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100 Banned Personalized License Plates

Your car's license plate can say a lot about you.
Your car's license plate can say a lot about you.
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In October 2010, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission dispatched a letter [PDF] to a resident who had received a personalized license plate that read 33MTA3. The letter informed the driver that the plate was issued in error and could not be granted due to the fact it violated Title 39, which stipulates that a vanity plate “offensive to good taste or decency in any language” is prohibited.

If you’re wondering how 33MTA3 might be considered offensive, look at it in a mirror.

Personalized license plates are a bane of each state's motor vehicle division, as drivers can sometimes request a combination of letters and numbers that might prove problematic for the reasons described above. The resource site GovernmentAttic.org wrote to state offices in Arizona, Colorado, New Jersey, and New York to get some examples of the types of vulgar plates prohibited by law, and you can take a look at the highlights below. (If you notice that common expletives or slurs are omitted, rest assured they’re part of the list. We’re not going to repeat them here.)

Plates Banned in Arizona [PDF]

A man is pictured removing a license plate from a car
Arizonians are prohibited from using DRUGDLR, among other plates.
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  1. ASSCLWN
  2. BIGFART
  3. CRKHEAD
  4. DAPOOP
  5. DRGBALZ
  6. DRUGDLR
  7. GOT2PEE
  8. IBALLIN
  9. MCBOOB
  10. OOBIES
  11. PEEPEE
  12. PERVY
  13. PHORPLAY
  14. POOOOP
  15. PSDOFF
  16. PUKFACE
  17. RACIST
  18. REDPILL
  19. RU8TEEN
  20. SCAMINU
  21. SCROTUM
  22. SHWING
  23. SLAVE1
  24. SNORTIN
  25. SPANKME

Plates Banned in Colorado [PDF]

A man is pictured securing a license plate to a car
Colorado prefers drivers not identify as MSBOOTY.
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  1. BENDOVR
  2. BOYTOY
  3. DAMFINE
  4. DRUGS1
  5. EATPOO
  6. FATBUTT
  7. GIMEAZZ
  8. IAMNUDE
  9. IGETNKD
  10. ILFRT4U
  11. JRKWAD
  12. MSBOOTY
  13. ONMETH
  14. PHART
  15. POOPONU
  16. PORNSTR
  17. RUBBIT
  18. RUEZIM
  19. SMUT
  20. SNOHOE
  21. TOOSEXY
  22. UDDERS
  23. WEEWEE
  24. WETDRMS
  25. WHIPME

Plates Banned in New Jersey [PDF]

A New Jersey license plate is pictured
GOTMILF is among the vanity plates that New Jersey will turn down.
Kathleen Gail/iStock via Getty Images
  1. BADASS
  2. BALLNN
  3. BIOCH
  4. BOOBIES (BOOB1ES)
  5. DKLKR
  6. COPUL8
  7. DEZNUTS
  8. ENDOWED
  9. FORPLAY
  10. GETSOM
  11. GOTMILF
  12. ILOVEAZ
  13. LMAO
  14. MUDRFER
  15. NMPHO
  16. OMGWTF
  17. PHOCER
  18. PHOQUE
  19. PHOKU2
  20. PUCKIN
  21. QQYASHIT
  22. ROCKSNOT
  23. SUMNUTS
  24. UPUTZ
  25. VIB8R

Plates Banned in New York [PDF]

A New York license plate is pictured
New Yorkers cannot opt for AWCHIT at the DMV.
Netalieh/iStock via Getty Images
  1. ASS
  2. ASSOUL (ASS0UL)
  3. AWCHIT (AWCH1T)
  4. BOOBS (B00BS)
  5. BUTT
  6. COITUS (CO1TUS)
  7. DILDO (DILD0)
  8. DMSHT
  9. DORK
  10. DRUGSALE
  11. EATME
  12. FART
  13. FBI (FB1)
  14. FOC (F0K)
  15. GONAD (G0NAD)
  16. HUMPIN (HUMP1N)
  17. KOTEX (K0TEX)
  18. MAFIA (MAF1A)
  19. ORGY (0RGY)
  20. PIMP (P1MP)
  21. PVERT
  22. SEXBUS
  23. UBGAY
  24. UPYURZ
  25. VULVA

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