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Let’s Name the Ohio BMV’s New Mascot (Something Not Platey McPlateface)

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Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles has now reached “I’m sure that that dashboard light is nothing” levels of unwise choices, as it has created a new mascot and then turned and asked the Internet, “Hey, how about you guys name this thing?”


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The mascot was posted on the BMV’s Facebook page (a surprisingly hopping place, with 5,591 followers and 5,728 likes, although it’s overall rating is a fabulous 2.2 out of 5), with an invitation to comment a name and the disclaimer of “Only appropriate names will be considered.”

The mascot looks like this.

So, let’s get this out of the way: someone did say “Platey McPlateface,” because obviously they did.

Some more serious names that were suggested, though, and included “Taggart,” “Reggie” or “Reggie Star” for registration, “Nate Plate,” “Plato,” and “Franklin” for the first vehicle to be registered in Ohio (an H.H. Franklin gas-engine automobile owned by Thomas B. Paxton Jr. of Cincinnati).

HH Franklin gas engine automobile

This rad machine
Photo: Ohio BMV

Of course, not all those who have turned their attention to the Ohio BMV are as good-natured. Some more sharp comments included name suggestions like “Howie o’moneyeveryyear,” “My twin on the front is unnessesary” [sic], “Wait,” “Platey McI-can’t-believe-this-will-be-used-to-justify-not-lowering-the-cost-of-plates-after-you-phase-out-the-front-plate-face,” and finally, “Increasy McFees” (although this last one appears to have been taken down).

A few people have pointed out that, since Ohio requires license plates on the front and back, shouldn’t there be two mascots?


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As for myself, I have to wonder what the thought process was for coming up with a cutesy cartoon BMV mascot in the first place. To appeal to the kids? To bring in millenials, frightened from being separated from their fidget spinners and their selfie-devices for the extent of a BMV visit?

One thing seems certain: Platey McPlateface, or any of its other iterations, are not likely to win the crown.

News Sources: Ohio BMV via Facebook, Cleveland.com

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    Daniel Susco is a native of the Dayton-Cincinnati area, and has written on a multitude of subjects. He can discuss Shakespeare, expound on Classical Mythology, and even make witty jokes about Pliny the Elder (More like “Pliny the Rounder,” right?). In his free time, Daniel enjoys reading, cooking, woodworking, and long walks on the beach (just kidding – sunburn is no joke). See more articles by Daniel.