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Yay or Nay? Bananas For Bumper Stickers?

Curious phenomenon, bumper stickers. When in the course of human events did we find it most important to voice our personal philosophy, loudly, in sticker-format, directly to the person behind us in traffic? Are cars a good vehicle for political discussion?


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MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I like bumper stickers because it gives me something to look at in the car. People want to differentiate their selves from the millions of other people that are all basically the same. At the same time, they want others like them to know that they are like them. Humans are strange! I think it's incredibly rude to call anything tacky unless you are 100% sure that you aren't in the company of people who exhibit said "tackiness". That in itself is the epitome of tacky and low-class.
Matdredalia Matdredalia 9 years
Personally, my answer is: why not both of the poll results? I may slap bumper stickers on my car but I can also be politically active in other, more direct ways. Personally, I wear my politics on my sleeve. I have an opinion and I'm not afraid to let the world know just how I feel.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
oooh but, i will decide in traffic whether or not to let someone over based on their stickers. yes, yes i will.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
i hate those calvin stickers too! i am passionate about bill watterson, and it makes me as angry as it does, you, bluesarahlou! i used to be a big bumpersticker person, then i realized that i could have my opinions and now i just have a UNC Chapel Hill sticker (cause i'm a tar heel LOUD AND PROUD!) australia and martha's vineyard sticker. i feel like places are much less annoying to face when you're driving!
Michelann Michelann 9 years
CitizenSugar, I disagree with ther person who said your site is overly liberal. I have found your coverage fair and balanced. However, voting for John McCain is not going to help your case. He's the most liberal candidate running in the GOP race, he might as well be a democrat...
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
I hate bumper stickers. I have a small American flag sticker and a small German flag sticker on my back window, though.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I think anyone that might've had a "Bush/Cheney" bumper sticker on their car peeled that sucker off a looooong time ago.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i just have to say when the peeing Calvin stickers were popular, i made myself a rule. if i a guy had a peeing calvin sticker on his truck, that was a deal breaker. or anything to do with the silent war between Fords and Chevy's. Now in the case of Free Tibet, honestly that bumper sticker was the first I had ever heard that there was a problem in Tibet. so I learned something. I also learned who Ron Paul was via bumper sticker. I tend to think that if you HAVE to have a sticker, you should pick one message and go with it. A college sticker doesn't count. (I have one).
LesleyP825 LesleyP825 9 years
Ticky tacky! Someone bought me a bumper sticker that said, "My Chihuahua is smarter then your honor student." Thought it was very cute but there was no way I was sticking that on my car!!
omilawd omilawd 9 years
Bumper stickers are very tacky. If I wanted to voice my opinion, I'd do so orally instead of sticking someone else's words on the back of my car.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
Yeah, almost every time I see them they are the same dozen or so stickers/decals. At this point I don't even notice what they actually say, I just notice that the person driving is really sheep-like.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Ugh. The peeing Calvins really irk me...and here's why.. Being a Calvin & Hobbes fan...its pretty well known that Bill Watterson refused to merchandise his comic strip, because he felt it would devalue the characters and their personalities. So basically those peeing Calvins are stolen images from a wonderful artist. They don't even celebrate the comic strip, they're just a lame way to show your distaste for something (ford, chevy, ICE (yes I've seen it) ).
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
My friend and I routinely text message funny bumper stickers to each other....there are some pretty funny ones out there! I love reading them but I'd never put one on my car (its brand new! :) ) Another're about 60% more likely to get rear ended if you have a bumper sticker on the back of your car.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
OH! The peeing Calvins! I forgot about those... Ha!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I have one sticker on my car, its been there on the bottom right hand corner for 10 years, its Siouxsie and the Banshees and the girl is all cracked and peeling. I cant stand political, humorous bumperstickers. Here in florida I see them all. -the "memorial" stickers you know the "john smith 1973-2007 we luv ya bro" ones. Everytime you go to put groceries in your car its like "oh yeah john is dead" its MORBID -the "Git r done" or "dale earnhardt" numbers -the calvin pissing on something -the gigundus magnetic ribbons to support troops, end the war, get your boobs checked etc.. -happy bunny, emily strange,or any other hot topic top seller.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
I love bumper stickers. I can honestly say I don't have any, but some of the ones just crack me up. A cheesy? Yes. A little tacky? Most of the time. Definitely American. I'd rather see a bumper sticker on a car than a tacky, air brushed vanity plate from Florida stating John's love for Jane or whatever. haha. :)
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
This really must be an American phenomenon...I've never seen any other country have bumper stickers on their cars like this :? I don't see anything wrong with it, unless it blocks the whole backside of the car, like in the pic :OY:
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I love bumper stickers that are hilarious. All the other ones are pointless in my opinion. I don't care if you love dogs, or hate the french.
philleif philleif 9 years
"Warning. Blind Left Turns."
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Oh no! Liberal AND schizophrenic, remedios? I am having a hard morning, aren't I? :)
Hootie Hootie 9 years
Not on my car!
remedios remedios 9 years
raciccarone - I like your sense of humor. There are a number of different thoughts from this question - --I prefer t-shirts --I don't like stickers on the car at all - figure it decreases the value (if not literally at least aesthetically) --I had a Radiohead sticker on my last car. All things Radiohead. Radiohead increases aesthetic value of everything. --T-shirts and bumper stickers are easier than writing letters --How many people really write letters to their politicians? --Stickers as ads for an ideology help people think it's ok to hold that belief; ads can help --CitizenSugar is schizophrenic. Ok, I made that last one up. But until I'm proven otherwise, I'm sticking with it. (That would explain the McCain vote though... kidding.. kidding!)
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I love reading them, but I wouldn't put a political one on my car. I do have a sticker on my car now, but it's of the "My kid is student of the month" variety.
Jillz1128 Jillz1128 9 years
I agree. Tacky!
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Hiya kh61582! I picked the Kerry/Edwards example because in my neighborhood, I see more bedraggled specimens of that variety than any other. But..."liberal"? I'm glad to see I'm keeping a good mix of coverage :)
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