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高二阅读理解Car registration plates (车牌) are just a series

时间:2019-07-04 19:40  作者:Edmond  来源:www.2abc8.com

 Car registration plates (车牌) are just a series of numbers and letters, right? Well, yes… but not for everyone.
Amazingly, number plates existed before cars. The city of Victoria in Canada gave horse-drawn carriages number plates as early as 1884. And France was the first country to introduce plates in 1893. Early number plates were different shapes and sizes, and made of lots of different materials. In fact, it was not until 1957 that car manufacturers and governments agreed on standardized plates, and even today there are three different sizes.
The first car registration number in the UK was A1. This was sold to Earl Russell by the London County Council in 1903. The letter “A” showed the number was from London, while the number “1” showed it was the first number issued. However, since then, the system has changed many times. At the moment, number plates in the UK consist of letters and numbers. Let’s look at the registration number plate “LK51 FTN”. First of all, “LK” shows which registration office has issued the registration number (in this case, it’s London Stanmore). The numbers 51 show the age of the car (51 means the car was licensed in the second half of 2001). And the last three letters are random.
Different EU countries use different arrangements of numbers and letters. For example, Spain uses four numbers and three letters, while Sweden uses three numbers and three letters, and Norway and Denmark use two letters and five digits. The system has changed many times because the letter-number combinations keep running out. UK number plates don’t have to include the European Union symbol although most EU countries use the symbol.
Some number plates have become extremely valuable, particularly those that spell out words. Basically, numbers on the plates can be used to represent words or parts of words. For example, “8” can mean “ate”; “4” can be “four” or “for”; and “2” can symbolize “to”, “two” or “too”. For example, “NVERLA8” means “Never late”.
Plates that represent words or phrases are commonly known as “vanity plates”. And they can be extremely expensive. Russian businessman Roman Abramovich is supposed to have paid over £250,000 for the plate “VIP 1”. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton has bought the plate “LEW 1S” and the most expensive number plate ever was “M1” which an anonymous buyer has acquired for £331,000.
So, what’s your number plate? It might be worth a fortune.
58. What can we learn from the development of car plates?
   A. Canada, France and UK have invented three different plate sizes.
   B. In terms of giving car plates, Canada acted much earlier than France.
   C. UK has always been consistent in its system for car registration numbers.
   D. Car producers and governments cooperated to form standards for plates.
59. Why have EU countries had to change their systems of arranging numbers and letters?
   A. No such agreement has been reached among different EU countries.
   B. Much confusion has arisen from different digits adopted by EU countries.
   C. Old letter-number arrangements were not adequate for increasing needs.
   D. The British design of number plates differs from that of most EU countries.
60. “LEW 1S” has fetched a high priced mainly because __________.
   A. it can be read out just the way of its master’s name
   B. Lewis Hamilton believes that it can bring luck to him
   C. the public consider it as a symbol of higher social classes
   D. it has a long history and is different from current EU plates


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