Virginia law would geld trucks

Behold the lonely trailer hitch, following forlornly behind our vehicles through all kinds of weather. Apparently, some of our nation's truckers have taken pity on the hitch and attempted to raise its self-esteem (or perhaps their own) by gifting it with a pair of masculine attributes.

Not surprisingly, the joke has not set well with one Virginia legislator who, when challenged by his young daughter to explain the protuberance, recognized the need for a law prohibiting such display. Accordingly Lionel Spuill has proposed fining truckers driving scrotum-endowed vehicles $250.

Spuill first made news in 2005 for his proposal to ban baggy pants. His actions here may be too late to stem the joke item's reproduction onto other vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, military vehicles, even Segways, as photos on the manufacturer's web site demonstrate. Once again, I must resort to H.L. Mencken's statement that "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

I'm sure there are many of you that think I'm nuts to consider this item in bad taste, but after seeing this and the familiar 'floozy flap" naked-woman-sillhouette mud flaps, I shudder to think what other truck accessories could follow.

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