May be more for IMHO, but… Mods can have a power play if they wish.
I live in Alabama. I stopped for gas today at a large gas station in Opelika, a city about between Auburn and the Georgia line, and an elderly couple with Florida tags and northern accents getting gas across from me said “Maybe this young man” (?! been a while on that one) “knows… excuse me, we were just wondering… what’s with the cars that have the tiger tails hanging out the back of the trunk? We’ve seen two or three of them.”
To an Alabamian this is as shocking as being asked “Who are these McCain and Palin people on the bumper stickers… some new rap group?” or “What does that blue sign with the white H over there where all the ambulances are mean?” So I cut 'em.
Actually I answered them, because it occurred, “I guess it’s not common knowledge after all”. Auburn University has two mascots, most famously “War Eagle” (resident of the world’s largest birdcage for non-sports fans who like trivia) but also the tigers. The tiger is actually used more as the “visible” mascot than the eagle, though the cheer of course is “Warrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Eagle!” (and so’s the fight song), and those tiger tails that you hang from the back of your trunk become ubiquitous the closer you get to Auburn (this was about 12 miles away).
Usually they’re only out on home game football Saturdays. Auburn didn’t have a game today, home or away, but perhaps there’s something else going on, or these are just hardcore fans/students.
What’s something you often see where you live that strangers may not know the significance of? I was trying to think of other things around here (“SEE ROCK CITY” birdhouses and barns maybe, but those are all over the southeast).