Ohio is getting a new license plate design, again. And it will come with a new slogan.
A little history first. In 1973, Ohio plastered a slogan on the license plate for the first time, and it also might be the first and only slogan in the history of license plates to include a question mark. "Seat Belts Fastened?"'
Then came the script, "The heart of it all," in 1991, followed by "Birthplace of Aviation" in 1998.
Now, Ohio will get a new slogan to go along with a new license plate design, which will replace the woefully lackluster horizon/farm/plane mess, and a new driver's license design, because the salmon really wasn't cutting it for anyone.
Folks can head to this link to vote on a preliminary batch of option (there's more than a month to vote left), some of which are actual slogans (Rubber Capital of the World, So Much to Discover, Mother of Presidents), and some of which are just topics that would be fodder for a slogan later (Ladybug, Edison, Cy Young).
You can guess which way this is going to go: We're going to get "The Heart of It All," or "Discover Ohio," but for now, any of the some four dozen choices could be the winner. And there are some seriously dumb ones, head-scratchers that make you wonder if the folks who lined up the list have even the slightest idea of what's important to our state. Below, some of the dumbest ones.
40,948 Square Miles (The "straight from Wikipedia" option.)
Annie Oakley (What?)
State of Perfect Balance (Until we drink?)
University Circle (Folks in Cincinnati totally understand its importance.)
Spiegel Grove (If 99% of the folks who see the slogan have no idea what it refers to, it's probably a bad choice.)
Put-in-Bay (Sure, pimp the spot everyone goes to in the summer to escape the actual state.)
Steel (Yes, let's celebrate our decline.)
Toledo Museum of Art (If the Cleveland Museum of Art isn't on the list, neither should this.)
White Trillium (Huh?)
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