A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase “IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving. Court documents show Ben Hart, a self-identified atheist, set out to get the Kentucky plate in 2016. But Hart’s request was denied by the state transportation department on the basis it violated antidiscrimination guidelines. In an opinion Wednesday by a U.S. District Court in Frankfort, the judge ruled “vanity plates” are private speech protected by the First Amendment and that the state had violated Hart’s rights by denying him the plate.
A pair of British doctors broke a Guinness World Record by riding over 18,000 miles across the world on a tandem bicycle in 218 days, 22 hours. Guinness announced yesterday, designated as this year’s Guinness World Records Day, that Lloyd Collier and Louis Snellgrove broke the previous record for fastest circumnavigation by tandem bicycle (male) by nine days.
The two Australian doctors set off from Adelaide, South Australia, Aug. 7th, 2018, and finished their journey May 16th, 2019. The men rode more than 18,000 miles across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America to raise money for Spinal Research and the Brain Foundation.
(Source: UPI; Image: Guinness World Records)