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But what does it mean? [20100513|13:27]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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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?

Poll #1563747 Private number plate "40 A"

This is a reference to

Penis length.
Bra size.
Car battery current.
Albanian hits.
Something else you haven't thought of.

Something else I haven't thought of?


[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-05-13 13:26 (UTC)
Other thoughts... It's also a radio part (I think) and a transport plane that someone makes...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-14 16:21 (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2010-05-13 14:19 (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-14 16:33 (UTC)
Oh, the X-ray spectrum is a good thought! Now I really want to know which astrophysicist drives the thing.
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From: tdj
2010-05-13 18:41 (UTC)
Wow, if it's penis length, not a good move. I read that as "40 Angstrom".
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-14 16:31 (UTC)
Yes, that was my first interpretation as well. Angstroms, then Amperes.

(D'ye know, I think we might be nerds.)
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From: tdj
2010-05-14 18:25 (UTC)
The data seems to bear that hypothesis out.
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From: alice_mccoy
2010-05-13 20:47 (UTC)
We have a suggestion of " Mid life crisis for someone with the initial A who just turned 40".

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-14 16:34 (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2010-05-13 21:29 (UTC)
New theory based on alice_mccoy's comment: "40, eh?"
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-05-14 16:37 (UTC)
You know what this means. There's a rogue Canadian on the loose in Kensington. Don't let your guard down.
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