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Vanity license plates are issued by the state a car is registered in. The difference is that the owner selects the 7 or 8 letters and numbers they want for their license plate and pays an additional fee from $10 to $100, depending on the state, to buy their choice of license plate. States often also allow the choice of a number of different backgrounds on the plate. With the restriction to 7 or 8 letters, numbers and sometimes characters, owners have become very creative at spelling personally meaningful messages, like L8 2 WRK (late to work).

Visualization of information is a way to present a large amount of data in a way that that is easier to understand. Graphs are one of the most common visualization tools, allowing the reader to see trends over time, for instance, for numbers that have been collected daily. Pie charts are another common visualization tool that allow the reader to see quickly what proportion of the pie belongs to a specific category.