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When I walk up Queen's Gate to my building on most days, I see a newish dark purple Porsche 911 Targa parked outside. It has a private number plate that has been the source of much internal speculation. Its cryptic brevity fascinates me. It says "40 A".
The first meanings that spring to mind for me are "bra size" and "penis length" (in Angstroms, possibly? 10-10 metres). While amusing, they strike me as facile, given the workplaces at which the driver of said vehicle is likely to be employed. The possibilities include the Imperial College physics department and the Bulgarian embassy. Perhaps it is a literal reference to the current drawn by the car battery, which bespeaks a physics professor totally spoiling his painstaking efforts to regain cool points by splashing his nerdiness on the front of his flashy vehicle. Or perhaps, my imagination hints darkly, it is the hit count for a Bulgarian assassin who specializes in hunting down rogue Albanians. What do you think?
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Car battery current.
Something else you haven't thought of.
Something else I haven't thought of?
Other thoughts... It's also a radio part (I think) and a transport plane that someone makes...
I like your apartment number idea. It suggests someone who parties so hard they periodically stumble around at five AM going, "Haaaaah. Wanngohome. Where I live? Oh oh, izon my numbahplate. For-fortyyyy A. Right! Right, where's my keys. Waaait, what street is this?" Which amuses me a lot.
Well, there are at least three Boeing vehicle with 40A in their title (the 1927 variant of the Boeing Model 40, the C-40A 737 based military transport, and X-40A space vehicle test-bed). None of those would seem likely however.
Room 40A at the V&A houses musical instruments, but I don't think that's likely either.
I guess it could be someone involved in some sort of science relating to very small dimensions, like working with an Electron Microscope. Alternatively, it would relate to the low energy end of the X-Ray spectrum if it was a wavelength. Maybe an X-Ray astronomer, or Radiographer?
Bit of an odd one this, I can't think of anything which seems plausible.
Oh, the X-ray spectrum is a good thought! Now I really want to know which astrophysicist drives the thing.
2010-05-13 18:41 (UTC)
Wow, if it's penis length, not a good move. I read that as "40 Angstrom".
Yes, that was my first interpretation as well. Angstroms, then Amperes.
(D'ye know, I think we might be nerds.)
2010-05-14 18:25 (UTC)
The data seems to bear that hypothesis out.
We have a suggestion of " Mid life crisis for someone with the initial A who just turned 40".
But that means they'd have to change it every year, which seems a little tedious. Of course, someone who goes to the trouble to get a private number plate probably has the time to be a little tedious about it.
You know what this means. There's a rogue Canadian on the loose in Kensington. Don't let your guard down.