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Thanks to our friend Dave Marra for this photograph, which he took on the road (we're assuming he was a passenger, of course) in Pennsylvania. The question is: is the owner of this Volvo one of our most loyal readers, given the TIDBITS license plate and the Apple sticker, or is this just one heck of a coincidence?


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Tonya Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-01-11 09:52
I've always wanted to get MYSELF a TidBITS vanity license plate. :-)
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-01-11 09:53
Feel free! :-)
AHoffman   2010-01-11 11:37
it looks like the driver took this photo. Not a good thing, dude.
Thomas  2010-01-11 12:32
Or the passenger while overtaking ..
David Weintraub  2010-01-11 14:18
At least the driver wasn't on their cellphone.
Sandro  An apple icon for a Friend of TidBITS 2010-01-11 18:26
Perhaps it was the passenger of a right hand drive vehicle. :)
Lee in, yeah, Pennsylvania  2010-01-11 16:27
Where was this taken? At first glance, I'd guess the Pennsylvania Turnpike or some similar old expressway.
Bob White  2010-01-14 10:05
I wonder what Dave's plates read. My vanity plates are 4VR MAC..... Bet there's lots of other good ones among the daily readers of Tidbits.
Stephen Downes  2010-01-16 20:00
Given how widespread the use of the word 'tidbits' was before this blog came into existence, I would say that the possibility of a connection is very slim.

I have always found it fascinating to see how people first use a word in common currency, and then, over time, come to act as though they are the only ones to use the word.
Glenn Fleishman  2010-01-16 20:42
Given how widespread literacy is, I would say the chance of this commenter getting a joke is very slim.

Adam penned this humorous item because of the Apple sticker on the car, not merely because of the license plate.
Dave Marra  2010-01-22 18:55
Hi all!

Yes, I was driving in Pennsylvania, somewhere in Lehigh county I think, and no, I did not take the pic all on my own. ;-)

Glad everyone liked it! Thanks!