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    'Pimp' number 39 haunts Afghan car owners
    Cars with license plates bearing the now-hated digits are unsaleable; drivers are mocked and taunted

    By Hamid Shalizi
    updated 6/15/2011 10:59:45 AM ET

    KABUL Afghanistan's booming car sales industry has been thrown into chaos by a growing aversion to the number "39," which almost overnight has become an unlikely synonym for pimp and a mark of shame in this deeply conservative country.

    Drivers of cars with number plates containing 39, bought before the once-harmless double digits took on their new meaning, are mocked and taunted across Kabul.

    "Now even little kids say 'look, there goes the 39'. This car is a bad luck, I can't take my family out in it," said Mohammad Ashraf who works for a United Nations project.

    Other "39" owners flew into a rage or refused to speak when asked whether their car was a burden.

    No one is quite sure why the number became so contaminated so fast, but Kabul gossip blames a pimp in neighboring Iran, which shares a common language with much of Afghanistan.

    His flashy car had a 39 in its number plate, the story goes, so he was nicknamed "39" and the tag spread.

    The shunning of 39 comes just weeks after drivers raced to remove rainbow decorations that were spotted on imported cars and became fashionable until conservative Afghans learned they were also gay pride symbols.
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    I'm sorry but it must really suck to be a Muslim.
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    In other news, sales of freedom fries skyrocket.
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    In other news, rainbow stickers with the number "39" in large bold type are now the rage in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Malmo, and Dearborn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyackog View Post
    I'm sorry but it must really suck to be a Muslim.


    Yeah, pretty much.


    Then again: Did you know that on I-75 in Michigan, exit 69 is for Big Beaver Rd?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    In other news, sales of freedom fries skyrocket.
    really? wtf does that have to do with this?

    you have to be a douche stick every damm day of your life?
    One does not greet death when he knocks at your door.

    Nay you repeatedly punch him in the throat as he slowly drags you away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zafod View Post
    really? wtf does that have to do with this?

    you have to be a douche stick every damm day of your life?
    If it's any consolation, you can't find a danish in Iran.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Yeah, pretty much.


    Then again: Did you know that on I-75 in Michigan, exit 69 is for Big Beaver Rd?
    I did not know that. I do know that there used to be an OB/GYN office near me on Beaver Ruin Rd called Beaver Ruin Gynecology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyackog View Post
    I did not know that. I do know that there used to be an OB/GYN office near me on Beaver Ruin Rd called Beaver Ruin Gynecology.
    I was on an interstate road in KY and you know those sighs that show upcoming attractions? Well I saw one that said KY water park(or amusement park I forget which) and I said I have to check that place out :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bailey View Post
    I was on an interstate road in KY and you know those sighs that show upcoming attractions? Well I saw one that said KY water park(or amusement park I forget which) and I said I have to check that place out :D

    Big Bone Lick State Park? It's off I-75, just south of Covington and Florence, KY. It's near a small town named Beaver Lick.
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