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We've heard of some odd aversions in our lifetime, but this is one of the strangest. Reuters is reporting that Afghanistan auto sales are struggling in a big way due to a sudden aversion to the number 39. Why? Nobody knows exactly, but the prevailing explanation seems to be that pimp in Iran had a tricked-out ride with a 39 in the license plate. Said pimp reportedly began calling his car "39," in reference to its plate numbers, and somehow the news made its way to Kabul, where the citizenry can be very conservative.

This "39" problem is apparently hurting auto sales in Afghanistan because license plates in the country are now numbered 39. The problem is so pronounced that that owners of cars with plates that end in 39 are getting heckled by onlookers, and those who are looking to sell their cursed cars are finding little luck, even with discounts.

While the pimp story appears to have momentum, some feel that a corrupt police department has more to do with the issue. The Fuzz are reportedly charging $200 to $500 for plates that end in anything other than 39. Unfortunately for dealers and those trying to sell, the result of the problem is that registrations have dropped from about 80 per day to somewhere closer to three.


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      Cornel001
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are two infinite things : the universe and the human stupidity. And regarding the first, we're not exactly sure.
      husam
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm from the middle east. and just when i think that my people have shamed themselves enough, they manage to dig just a bit deeper and add more humiliation. i honestly can't figure out which is worse: the people mocking the 39 plate, the people refusing to buy cars because the of the 39 plate, or the corruption of the gov't officials.
      Graham
      • 4 Years Ago
      If we want to "nation build" Afghanistan plan for being there loooong ******* time. They are in the stone age.
      dontneedpants
      • 4 Years Ago
      No, it's a sexual reference, similar to 69 -- but with fewer inches.
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      Dave
      • 4 Years Ago
      These are truly learned, modern people who are ready for democracy and self determination.
        Dave
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dave
        Then again, nearly 100 people were arrested and almost 150 injured in Vancouver during rioting over a hockey game.
      bcworkz
      • 4 Years Ago
      In other news: American auto sales are struggling in a big way due to a sudden aversion to color. Why? Nobody knows exactly, but the prevailing explanation seems to be that pimp in LA had a tricked-out ride in a color. Said pimp reportedly began calling his car "PINK," in reference to it's color, and somehow the news made its way to Texas, where the citizenry can be very conservative. This color problem is apparently hurting auto sales in America because many cars in the country are now something besides white, gray, or black. The problem is so pronounced that that owners of cars with color are getting heckled by onlookers, and those who are looking to sell their cursed cars are finding little luck, even with discounts.
      Kumar
      • 4 Years Ago
      Apparently it's any plate with 39 in it, not ending in 39. Not good when new plate numbers just rolled from 38xxxx to 39xxxx. This is of course, the height of absurdity. On the other hand, drivers in Kabul apparently also thought that the rainbow stickers on their newly bought used import cars were very cool until they realized why it was put there in the first place. Priceless in such a backwards society.
        • 4 Years Ago
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      designermart
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont get it. It says that pimp had a number plate.. but what pimp are they talking about ?
      Paul
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, son... how's come I can't find a decent non-rusted Corolla wagon for sale anywhere in Canada and these guys are rocking ones with chrome abundance? Send them 39's this way like you owe us...
      bobmarley
      • 4 Years Ago
      thats just stupid
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