I've got a question which is only loosely related to mathematics, and I don't know the proper place in which to ask. While it's a question I've previously posed on Twitter (in 2009); I think with it being related to mathematics, I'd want to pose the question in a math forum.

My question then is: which six characters look best for a vanity plate: ABLIAN, ABEL'AN, ABEL-AN, or some other combination? (Characters like the ' and - don't count).

ABLIAN License plate ABEL'AN License plate

Obviously I commute... Is this a question which would be unwelcome in the math.SE world? Where should I turn for great mathematical minds applied to a trivial question? :-)

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    $\begingroup$ This is something that is more suitable for the Chatroom... $\endgroup$ – Willie Wong Apr 5 '11 at 8:52

Fun isn't necessarily wrong, but the question you want to ask yourself is

What could I, as a mathematician, learn from this question?


  • $\begingroup$ This was a great response that really in the one sentence states the purpose of the community. And citing an article which says, "A world without fun is like a world without waffles and ponies." wins bonus points. :-) $\endgroup$ – John Hammond Apr 5 '11 at 20:14

This is a site for math questions, not for all questions related in some way to math. In my opinion your question is not on-topic for this site, loosely or otherwise.


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