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Trailer-Hitch Law Would Ban Dangling 'Body Parts'

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Trailer-Hitch Law Would Ban Dangling 'Body Parts'

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Trailer-Hitch Law Would Ban Dangling 'Body Parts'

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The Maryland state assembly considers a ban on the display of plastic replicas of "private" body parts that have been seen dangling from trailer hitches. The delegate who introduced the bill finds the trend offensive.

SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

Whatever happened to fuzzy dice? This week, LeRoy E. Myers, a delegate at the Maryland Assembly, introduced a bill to prohibit drivers from displaying anatomically correct, ornamental plastic body parts from trailer-hitches. When we say body parts, we don't mean the ears. Apparently a fair number of drivers have taken to decorating their trailer-hitches with dangling plastic parts. People are making a joke out of it, Delegate Myers told the Washington Post, but I think it's a pretty serious problem. When you have body parts hanging from the hitches of cars, we've crossed a line.

His bill would establish fines for displaying ornamental body parts. Specifically, those parts which make it easiest to distinguish men from women. I don't mean the television remote. Now, how widespread is the display of dangling plastic body parts on the roadways of America? Wide enough to support a San Diego company called Your Nutz, N-U-T-Z, which says it sells 200 different varieties of replica male sex organs.

Two hundred? All right, let's see. One, two. Uhhh...

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