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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I was driving behind a brand new Kia Sorrento today with a sticker on the bumper that said

"LET'S FACE IT: Your only hope is to win the Lottery!

Which, aside from the strange underlines and capitalizations, is a really obnoxious sentiment. Are you so much better than me, Mr. Kia owner, just because you bought the cheapest SUV you could find?
Who is this sticker intended to insult?

I don't understand.

My drive was capped off by a woman on her cell phone backing out of her parking spot without looking and missing me by inches, then glaring at me as if it were my fault, so I'm just annoyed at other drivers today.

Any bumper stickers that particularly annoy you?

I also harbor great animosity toward drivers of trucks with truck nuts.


message 2: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Truck nuts and naked lady mud flaps make me want to go Thelma & Louise on the drivers' red neck asses.

I can't think of any bumper stickers that have pissed me off, but there is a bus billboard in my town advertising the morning show on one of the local TV stations. It has three of the young female reporters from the station coiffed, made-up like porn centerfolds and smiling provocatively with the caption "Have a beautiful morning." The blatant sexism just galls me. I want to set it on fire (without harming any of the people on the bus, of course).


message 3: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Truck nuts are disgusting. That is all.

Ok, that's not at all. I tend to be confused by some bumper stickers, like Sarah said. Like...what in the hell is that supposed to mean?

Have you ever tailgated a car because you're trying to read the bumper sticker? Or moved from lane to lane to get a better view? Am I the only one?


message 4: by Lori (new)

Lori Track nuts? Off to google...

I can't think of any particular bumper stickers that annoy me (see attention span thread!) but I know it's happened. RA - Yep - I've done that!

Bad drivers tick me off in a big big way. Oof!


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments RA, I do that too.

Also, I get frustrated when I can't figure out what those stickers with initials stand for.
"RI" is obviously Rhode Island, BVI is British Virgin Islands, etc...and then maybe some might be schools or bands.

But then I see one with my initials SNP and I can't figure out what they stand for and it drives me crazy. "Standard Non-Linear Physics"? "Shenendoah National Park"?

Lori, how's that googling going? Do you need to scrub your eyes yet?


message 6: by Matt (new)

Matt | 819 comments Recently I saw a truck driving through town that had blue truck nuts. Still trying to figure out if irony or cluelessness was at work there.


message 7: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) Do truckers get blue balls when they haven't met their quota for murdering prostitutes?

(Anyone else watch Top Gear on BBC America?)


message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I found blue truck nuts in a snow bank near my house after the second big blizzard. Someone must have lost them trying to take the corner. We also remarked on their color, and their small size compared to the trucks that they usually adorn.


message 9: by Lori (new)

Lori Sarah, I did google but didn't find anything odd, just your standard silver nuts. But I'm getting the idea from this discussion, now I'm going to be driving looking for annoying bumper stickers and obnoxious track nuts. But at least I won't be talking on my cell phone!


message 10: by Misha (last edited Mar 04, 2010 10:56AM) (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I really have little interest in cars other than as a means of getting from Point A to Point B, but that show cracks me up. The episode when they raced lorries (semi-trucks to us Yanks) was absolutely hysterical.

I think what I love about Top Gear is that it's a macho show on the surface, but it actually subverts and pokes fun at a lot of macho bullshit.


message 11: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
There are a lot of "native" bumper stickers that look like the Colorado licence plate here. I think they're obnoxious, even though I do own one (not on my car) and I am a native. I just think it's stupid to advertise it like that.

I saw one the other day that said "how's that hope and change working for ya" that made me want to rear end the driver.

IT WOULD BE WORKING IF YOUR DUMB PARTY WEREN'T MAKING IT SO HARD FOR CONGRESS TO JUST PASS THE LEGISLATION SO WE COULD MOVE ON TO BIGGER THINGS LIKE EDUCATION, IDIOT.


message 12: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments That would be a long bumper sticker.


message 13: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
I used to have "nobody died when Clinton lied" on my 4Runner when I first met Sweeter.

He brings it up now as a point of contention whenever we argue politics.


message 14: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) I saw a bumper sticker that read "Where's the Birth Certficate?" a clear reference to the debunked notion that because Obama wasn't born in the United States, his presidency is illegal. Next to that was a pro-Sarah Palin sticker.

What irked me most was the car this person was driving: a brand-new Lexus SUV. This person is not only stupid, they have money. Stupid + wealthy = dangerous.

It took my wife every bit of strength in her to prevent me from digging out a tire iron from my car and smashing every fucking window on that Lexus.

Most recently, I saw another sticker that made me contemplate a violent reaction: Keep working: welfare recipients need your money!. The irony here is that the car this idiot drove was some busted-up Chevy Astro. Amazing how hateful attitudes don't discriminate.

(PS - Top Gear is AWESOME!!!)


message 15: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments o yes, i am a big fan of top gear even though i know absolutely nothing about cars and don't even own one. a few weeks ago the stig was using public transportation, in his usual attire of course. genius!


message 16: by Rannie (last edited Mar 04, 2010 11:18AM) (new)

Rannie Lori wrote: "... now I'm going to be driving looking for annoying bumper stickers and obnoxious track nuts..." truck, not track. Does that help?

I have the almost unconquerable urge to geld them.


message 17: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I didn't see that one, Bun. I've only seen a handful of episodes because I don't have cable at home, but I do in my temporary digs in Olympia. I'd never heard of it until a month or so ago, but now I love it. I may have to shell out for cable when I get back home.


message 18: by janine (new)

janine | 7715 comments i didn't see the cars-into-boats episode, but there was another episode where they were in thailand i think and wore ridiculous suits and had to turn mopeds into boats, and that's after they traveled through at least half the country on those things.


message 19: by Rannie (new)

Rannie I used to have a "Jesus was a Liberal" sticker that drove people crazy. The good Christians would pass me shaking their fists. One tried to run me off the interstate.
When another felt moved to scrape the sticker off to spare the kids such profanity, I didn't replace it.
Ah, that freedom of speech. Good for foreign corporations that want to buy congressmen but not so good for subversives like me.


message 20: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
I wanted a "keep your laws off my body" one but I was afraid what all the mean conservatives in this town would do to it.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Yeah, I try to avoid enraging strangers with my liberal views. It's not like my bumper sticker is going to convert anyone, anyways.
I like the Cthulhu fish magnets a lot, though. Those crack me up. :)


message 22: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Sweeter has a Cthulu PHISH magnet.

I like the ones with feet, but aren't so blatant that they say DARWIN in them. Those are lame-0.


message 23: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I like the ones with the darwin fish eating the Jesus fish.

Also, I saw one the other day that said "Meddle Not in the Affairs of Dragons -For You Are Crunchy And Taste Good With Ketchup". That made me laugh.


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

I hate those stickers with Calvin peeing on stuff or flipping you off, or whatever.


message 25: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Me too.


message 26: by [deleted user] (new)

Bill Watterson must be spinning in his grave.

Well, that's assuming he's dead of course.


Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I hate those "Baby On Board" signs. Like, oh, I was going to hit your car, but now that I know there's a baby in there, I'll restrain myself. :P


message 28: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I had two bumper stickers on the Saturn:

1. "When Jesus said love your enemies, he probably meant don't kill them."

2. An Obama sticker. No, it's true. I'm not kidding.

When the Saturn died in South Dakota the tow truck guy said I probably wanted to scrape off #2 because I guess Obama wasn't very popular there.


message 29: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11617 comments Deleted Member wrote: "I hate those stickers with Calvin peeing on stuff or flipping you off, or whatever."

Aw, man! I was going to get a Calvin and have him peeing on a jesus fish.


message 30: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Not a bumper sticker, obviously, but I love the fact that this shirt can piss off the Fundies and Bible-thumpers on a Sunday morning...

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message 31: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Great shirt, Gus! The banana is a nice touch.


message 32: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Bun, you'd love the epic fail behind this giant bowl of stupid:

Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets

Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation’s classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.

In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning".



message 33: by Misha (new)

Misha (ninthwanderer) I guess Dolly was a hypothetical sheep.


message 34: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Gus, I want to talk about how you copied and pasted that quote directly from the NYT site, but then took the time to move the period to outside the quotes. Was that just to raise my hackles?


message 35: by Lori (last edited Mar 04, 2010 05:39PM) (new)

Lori The period SHOULD be outside the quote Sally! It is the ending of the sentence, and the quote is only part of the whole sentence.

I think Gus should make that shirt into a bumper sticker.

Frankly, sentiments like he quoted make me really wonder about all these books like The Handmaid's Tale, or Julian Comstock, are very grounded in reality, and frankly it scares the bejesus out of me.


message 36: by Sally, la reina (last edited Mar 04, 2010 05:39PM) (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Click on the link and see how the Times does it!

Periods and commas always go inside, no matter what.


message 37: by Lori (new)

Lori That's not what I was taught! Plus I was a professional editor and proofreader! I have noticed that rules have changed in the last 15 years or so, especially the quote/punctuation one, and it drives me nuts. There are other things as well, some words that were combined are no longer. Of course I can't remember specific ones right now! And that's driving me nuts too. I want to write alright, but that's not one.


message 38: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
My office mate was just telling me that the accepted spelling of travelling/traveling was just updated in the last few years too.


message 39: by Lori (new)

Lori I know - it gets me so confused, I'm sure I'm spelling something right but it's got that nasty red underline!


message 40: by Mary (last edited Mar 04, 2010 07:31PM) (new)

Mary (madamefifi) This might be localized to the Southeastern seaboard, but I really, really hate the "OBX" stickers:



They are pretentious and annoying. The first time I saw one I tried to figure out waht those initials stood for, and came up with "obnoxious". I have not changed my mind.


message 41: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Oh! I've wondered about that one too. I guess they couldn't go with OB cause of the tampon.


message 42: by Lori (new)

Lori *giggles*


message 43: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) Ugh, I'm surrounded by those infernal OBX stickers.

And, Sally, my humblest apologies for fucking up on punctuation there.


message 44: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17320 comments Mod
Its ok. I'm friendly with comma splices.


message 45: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I see comma splices in books quite frequently. Published authors, even.


message 46: by [deleted user] (new)

Larry wrote: "I see comma splices in books quite frequently. Published authors, even."

Wouldn't the fact that you see it in a book, mean that they are published authors? Just asking. :-)


message 47: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) Added for emphasis, Jim (smartass).


message 48: by [deleted user] (new)

Added the smartass for emphasis again? :-)


message 49: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) You catch on real quick.


Tim (Mole) The Gunslinger (Mole) How about My kid beat up your honor student! Only in America is mediocrity encouraged.


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