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Old 07-12-2019, 06:19 PM
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On a luxury car, I saw a bumper sticker: "Don't let the car fool you, my real reward's in Heaven."

Because if there's one lesson to be learned from the New Testament, it's that bragging about cars is awesome.
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:58 AM
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I like the "family" ones where the family are all cats or dogs.
Or the ones with same-sex parents.
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Old 07-13-2019, 02:28 PM
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A few years back someone on my block owned a black pick-up. On the tailgate was written - in florescent pink, all caps, foot-high letters - ME SO HORNY.

Very classy.



Also worth mentioning: out on the road today I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.


mmm
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Old 07-13-2019, 04:01 PM
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A few years back someone on my block owned a black pick-up. On the tailgate was written - in florescent pink, all caps, foot-high letters - ME SO HORNY.

Very classy.



Also worth mentioning: out on the road today I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.


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Old 07-13-2019, 04:27 PM
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Not the sticker, but how it was applied to the car:
Mom is in her 80s, and like me, is a liberal. So back in 2016, she put a ‘Hilary’ sticker on the back of her Buick. But Mom is kind of a slob, so she made little effort to apply the sticker straight. I never said anything to her, but to me, that sticker said, ‘Crooked Hilary’ every time I saw it. Bugged me to no end.
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<snip> Also worth mentioning: out on the road today I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.


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Old 07-13-2019, 05:30 PM
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As a Diesel driver myself, I agree about the idiocy of the "Coal Roller", yeah, lets waste perfectly good and expensive diesel fuel to annoy other drivers, yeah, that's *REAL* mature...
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Spoilers... on pickup trucks. I actually saw one of these recently and thought "WTF is the point of that?"
Gotta agree with you here.

My auto-decor dislikes:
Snotty, insulting bumper stickers. Whether I agree with the sentiment or not, let's at least try to express ourselves like intelligent adults rather than bratty middle-schoolers.

Boom cars.

Excessively bright headlights that endanger oncoming drivers by blinding them.

Jacked-up bro-dozers, especially when the tires are still the stock size. OK, you just screwed up your center of gravity and made your four-wheel phallus substitute a lot more prone to tip-over, and you didn't even gain greater ground clearance? What's the point?
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:57 PM
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I like the "family" ones where the family are all cats or dogs.
They need to add other common pets, such as birds.
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I've seen versions of the "family" stickers where everyone is Star Wars character or everyone is a zombie.
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I once saw an SUV decked out to look like an official presidential protective service detail vehicle. It had police lights, several antennae, slivered out windows, etc. Closer inspection revealed stickers supporting Trump rather than official government insignia. To top it off the license plate was TRUMP. The plates were from one of the small states in the northeast, Connecticut or New Hampshire IIRC.
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Baby on Board bothered me until I learned the idea is to let onlookers know in case your car swerves into a lake or river or something. That's fine with me and makes some sense.

The yellow ribbon 'Support our Troops' is just raw jingoism. I am not sure what bothers me more, that others don't see it or that this hollow and yet also nonsensical commitment is an easyily removable magnet. A neighbor has a sticker that says, 'Support our soldiers. Bring them home alive. End the war'. That's more like it.

The black and white American flag with the one blue line bothers me. No one hates police officers doing a good job, defending criminal behaviour because tribalism is disconcerting.

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I'm not a fan of the sticker showing Calvin (of the Calvin & Hobbes comic strip) pissing. For one thing, it's vulgar while the strip itself never was. For another thing, it's obviously not authorized by the artist.
Especially if you are aware that Bill Watterson has refused to license any Calvin and Hobbes goods of any kind.
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The black and white American flag with the one blue line bothers me. No one hates police officers doing a good job, defending criminal behaviour because tribalism is disconcerting.
They would say that they are not defending the criminal behavior. They are defending the officers doing a good job, who are often painted with a broad brush by tribalism on the other side.
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They would say that they are not defending the criminal behavior. They are defending the officers doing a good job, who are often painted with a broad brush by tribalism on the other side.
And they’d be wrong. Black Lives Matter is their ‘oppositions’ slogan. Not, Black Lives Matter more than anyone else. Police Lives Matter as a position is ridiculous because no one is saying they aren’t and there is no evidence crimes against police officers aren’t being prosecuted by our judicial system.

Black Americans would like equal protection. You know, like they matter.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:25 AM
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I did have a bumper sticker in the early 1980s that said "Nixon/Manson in '84."
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All well covered. I'll just add a pet peeve of mine: Dealership stickers and badges.

Doesn't rise to the level of the ones already mentioned... but why?
Pfft, I'd get rid of my brand logos on mine if I could. Replace them with something pithy or geeky.
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...until I learned the idea is to let onlookers know in case your car swerves into a lake or river or something...
What is it with thinking your car is going to swerve into a body of water? Even Mrs. R, normally a hardheadedly practical woman, has a little hammer thingie on her keychain so that if her car swerves into a lake, she can break the window and escape.

To my way of thinking, swerving into a lake has got to be around the 10E-9 level of probability. Might as well carry around a chainsaw so that you can get out if a tree falls on your car.
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Especially if you are aware that Bill Watterson has refused to license any Calvin and Hobbes goods of any kind.
Was hoping to find a Hobbes stuffy to go with my Garfield and Kathy stuffies.


any Drivers' Lives Matter bumperstickers? Charlie Brown (or Rex Morgan) taking a whiz?
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What is it with thinking your car is going to swerve into a body of water? Even Mrs. R, normally a hardheadedly practical woman, has a little hammer thingie on her keychain so that if her car swerves into a lake, she can break the window and escape.

To my way of thinking, swerving into a lake has got to be around the 10E-9 level of probability. Might as well carry around a chainsaw so that you can get out if a tree falls on your car.
I dunno, just what an acquaintance gave me as a reason she has it on her car. Which makes more sense than, ‘I’m special, my car and the lives in it are more important’ or whatever I had assumed before.

Does your wife’s car have detachable head rests with the two metal spikes? I had heard those are for breaking cardoor windows in case of emergency.
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any Drivers' Lives Matter bumperstickers? Charlie Brown (or Rex Morgan) taking a whiz?
Hahahaah! Now I want a sticker of Rex Morgan or Mary Worth taking a whiz on something, anything it would be appropriate for them to disapprove of. I wouldn't put it on my car, though. It'd probably go on a bass.
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He has said he won’t allow his characters to appear in any other form or media other than the original comics. So, it’s possible even his estate will have instructions to prohibit it even after his death.
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Just saw a picture of a truck with a bp featuring a silhouette of a soldier in the kneeling firing position with the slogan "If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them". That's straight up fascist.
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All well covered. I'll just add a pet peeve of mine: Dealership stickers and badges.

Doesn't rise to the level of the ones already mentioned... but why?
Pfft, I'd get rid of my brand logos on mine if I could. Replace them with something pithy or geeky.
The other day I saw a Ford F-series pickup truck with the Ford ovals on the front and rear replaced with ones that said Tonka. Didn't look home-made so presumably someone is making and selling this stuff.
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Years ago I saw a jacked up pickup with what looked like custom lettering in the rear window that read "Jack 'em high. Fat chicks can't climb." If I remember correctly the writing was flanked by the naked lady silhouettes typically seen on mud flaps.

There's an SUV I see on the road occasionally with a personalized plate that reads "GLB WRMR" or something like that. Pretty clearly it's intended meaning is "Globe warmer".

There's another SUV I see on my commute sometimes -- a 4-Runner that looks like it's outfitted for serious off-roading. It has a bumper sticker that says "Don't follow me, you won't make it". Honestly that one's not so bad compared to the others, but it makes me want to ask the driver "What makes you think people would want to follow you in the first place?"
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All well covered. I'll just add a pet peeve of mine: Dealership stickers and badges.

Doesn't rise to the level of the ones already mentioned... but why?
I always throw away the dealership license plate frame after I get a new car. I don't understand why anyone would want to be a rolling advertisement for the place they bought their car from. Unfortunately the stickers dealerships sometimes apply are pretty much impossible to remove.
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The other day I saw a Ford F-series pickup truck with the Ford ovals on the front and rear replaced with ones that said Tonka. Didn't look home-made so presumably someone is making and selling this stuff.
Back in the '80s, when pickups had the brand name covering the entire tailgate, like this:

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...aueR4ZS1izakM:

I once saw a Toyota with the lettering altered to say Tonka, with the same font the Tonka logo used at the time. It looked real, as though the truck had been made that way.
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The other day I saw a Ford F-series pickup truck with the Ford ovals on the front and rear replaced with ones that said Tonka. Didn't look home-made so presumably someone is making and selling this stuff.
My brother had one on his Ford that said "Fuck" with the same font.


Not too long ago, I saw a license plate frame that said "I Love Vagina". Well, alrighty then!
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The yellow ribbon 'Support our Troops' is just raw jingoism. I am not sure what bothers me more, that others don't see it or that this hollow and yet also nonsensical commitment is an easyily removable magnet. A neighbor has a sticker that says, 'Support our soldiers. Bring them home alive. End the war'. That's more like it.
But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore.

I've seen vehicles with many of those ribbons of different colors.
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I wouldn't put it on my car, though. It'd probably go on a bass.
You'd need to make sure to use waterproof glue, then. And don't they shed their scales after a while?

The Calvin peeing ones bug me a bit, but the Calvin praying ones bug me much more. Yeah, advertise your religion by stealing someone's most valuable possession (say, doesn't your religion say something about that, in the context of "thou shalt not"?).

As for the death memorials... It's certainly not something I'd do myself. But I can't bring myself to tell any grieving person that they're doing it wrong.
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Those "family decals" they put on rear windows, make me uneasy when they spell out the names and sexes of all the kids. Although, the T-Rex eating the stick figure family is pretty funny.
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My husband wants a Drake and some drones on his car window =)
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From the OP's list, the ones that irk me the most are low riders and spoilers. Some kid lowers their car so it's an inch of the ground, and this is supposed to be cool, I guess. Then they put a spoiler on the back, like they think their little Honda is a race car.

I saw one of these a few years ago that made me downright angry. I was behind one of these idiots while he was spending 30 seconds going over a speed bump, and I noticed the stencil on his back window: "Please have patience, I'm lowered!" Well, this had the opposite effect. For a few seconds, I seriously considered confronting this guy after he parked his car to explain that I am NOT going to have patience. Because he deliberately turned his car into a traffic problem, and asking me to have patience about it is as obnoxious as it gets. I didn't, of course, but it was a nice little fantasy.
I asked a kid with an old Ford Escort that had put a three foot high spoiler on the back:
"What did your mom say when you put that on her car?"
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Baby on board always confused me- 'I was going to ram into your car, but wont, now that I see a child is inside?'

Shouldn't safe driving be paramount, regardless who is in the car around you?
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A while back now, in Los Angeles, I saw a limo with a bumper sticker that said "Yes, I am a movie star". It just seemed like the right kind of whimsy, of not taking yourself too seriously. I always wonder who it was. But that wasn't bothersome.

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Old 07-15-2019, 11:23 AM
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I always throw away the dealership license plate frame after I get a new car. I don't understand why anyone would want to be a rolling advertisement for the place they bought their car from. Unfortunately the stickers dealerships sometimes apply are pretty much impossible to remove.
Not if you make the dealership remove them.

On just about* every new car I've ever bought, I've made a point to tell the dealership NOT to apply the dealership logo on the vehicle. I tell them they can include a dealership license plate frame if they want (because it's easily removable), but that I don't want their logo permanently applied to the back of my new car.

About half the time they "forget" and put it on there anyway. I make them remove it before finalizing the purchase.


*The exception was a car bought from the dealership owned by a family friend, which was yet another reason NOT to buy cars from dealerships owned by a friend (along with giving up all of your power to negotiate a good deal, of course).
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Baby on board always confused me- 'I was going to ram into your car, but wont, now that I see a child is inside?'

Shouldn't safe driving be paramount, regardless who is in the car around you?
If some jerk in a pickup is having a fit of road rage because he thinks you "cut him off" when changing lanes and he's driving at 50mph a few inches behind your rear bumper, maybe this gives him pause before he does his overtaking and swerving in front of you maneuver.
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If some jerk in a pickup is having a fit of road rage because he thinks you "cut him off" when changing lanes and he's driving at 50mph a few inches behind your rear bumper, maybe this gives him pause before he does his overtaking and swerving in front of you maneuver.
fair enough, ignorance fought!
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The ones that really irk me are the nimrods around here who fly full sized flags from the back of their pickup trucks. "Yea, 'Murika!"

They are so proud of the accident of their birthplace that they violate the Flag Code (4 U.S. Code § 8. Respect for flag) about 25 ways a day.
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They wouldn't know since there's no picture book version of the Flag Code.
Speaking of the Flag Code... (obligatory* link to xkcd)


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I ignore the annoying ones, but cherish the funny ones. Seen quite a few that have made me or family members laugh over the years...

NEVER drive behind a VW Bus!

Nuke a Gay Whale for Jesus

God is coming...and IS SHE PISSED!

The funniest one for me can't be mentioned in polite company, but it involved stick figures and a dirty variation of the VW marketing phrase Fahrvergnugen. I almost fell over in the parking lot laughing when I saw it. Best of all, I pointed it out to my brother, who only grinned quietly, while he and I were both in a conversation with my Dad, who seemed oblivious to the humor. Oh well.

>> "I don't understand the Baby on Board signs...rant rant rant..."

I have always taken these to be signs notifying potential rescue workers, after the crash, to look for and hopefully save the infant, who may be in trouble in some corner of the vehicle.

These accidents do happen with babies on board...I was a baby, riding in a portable carrier in the back deck, and got flipped over after my parents' VW bus (see the connection?) was rear-ended and we were sent off the road into a shallow ravine. We were OK. This was long before strap-in type car seats were a thing.
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I saw a car with a "Don't like this flag? Dial 1-800-EAT-SHIT" bumpersticker, flying (1) a U.S. flag so ragged and torn that it looked more like a swallow-tail pennant than a flag. Literally, with a tear down the middle from the flying edge almost all the way to the pole edge, and (2) a pristine Irish flag. Ironically, I didn't like his U.S. flag, but not for the reason he meant.
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Speaking of the Flag Code... (obligatory* link to xkcd)


*(I never got clear on this. Is it obligatory to call xkcd links "obligatory"?)
Interesting...do you also read the Register? Many posters there use "obligatory" and "XKCD link" in the same sentence...
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I saw one yesterday that made me chuckle "black cats matter".
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This 1000%, see them all the time and I just ask myself "why" and can't people mourn with dignity and not have a poster on your car (usually truck or SUV) "advertising" you lost someone close to you? Who hasn't?
Being unfortunately too prone to literalism, I always imagine that they actually bought the vehicle as a tribute to their deceased loved one, as in, left the memorial service and went directly to the dealership to honor so and so.

On a related "not understanding the motivation" note there are probably still "in memoriam" listings in the printed newspapers, which I used to skim regularly when I got a delivered newspaper (Newsday on LI, 15 years ago), mystified that anyone would spend the time or money to but a notice about a long-dead loved one in the paper, for what I imagined was only my bemusement.
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I thought that Baby on Board was more for the First Responders to know to look for the baby inside the wreck, not to avoid the accident in the first place by hopefully appealing to other drivers' (limited) sense of sympathy ("OK, won't rear end THAT car because of the baby, need to find another target")
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....you can't get the vanity plate 'H8MICH'. I guess they got tired of explaining it to UM grads. BANG! ZING!
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Why "cowardice"?

(not that I agree with the "stupidity" part, but I think I at least understand where you're coming from.)
Because they have a bunch of symbols of religions that don't bother anyone just because they don't have the guts to say what they really mean, Muslims knock it off.
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In Los Angeles I've been seeing cars with dark tint on their tail lights, and some even with their headlights tinted.

I'm not a fan of campaign bumper stickers either, especially the ones for elections that occurred years ago. That said, I'm OK with "GIANT METEOR 2016 - just end it already!"
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:35 PM
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In Los Angeles I've been seeing cars with dark tint on their tail lights, and some even with their headlights tinted.
Huh? I don't get it.
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:44 PM
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Because they have a bunch of symbols of religions that don't bother anyone just because they don't have the guts to say what they really mean, Muslims knock it off.

That's fascinating. I never read it that way. I always thought it was a call to stop discriminating against other religions (or no religion) including Muslims.
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:50 PM
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Huh? I don't get it.
See this video for some examples: https://youtu.be/P_GJGLy3EVE?t=40

I forgot about those, but I hate them too. I generally don't mind many of the things others mentioned in this thread. Huge spoilers, lowriders, whatever; they're not to my taste but if the owner likes it then more power to them. But darkening your taillights and making them less effective crosses the line to dangerous. I was behind a pickup with blacked out taillights at night once, and I seriously had trouble telling when his brake lights were on because his brake lights were no brighter than the the regular nighttime running lights of the other cars around him. His third center brake light also wasn't working, which exacerbated the issue.
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