Thursday, July 21, 2005

Bumper Sticker Etiquette

By Alexander Samuels

Now before you accuse me of attacking this bastion of free speech, please take a moment to read what I have to say. Quite frankly, I don't like bumper stickers. They are usually too messy to get off the car when I am tired of them.

I realize, however, that many of you like to . . . put bumper stickers on your cars because I see so many of them as I travel around town. Freedom of speech aside, don't you think there ought to be rules of etiquette for anyone putting a bumper sticker on his or her car?

For example:

  1. Don't apply so many bumper stickers to your car that they all can't be read while someone is sitting behind you at a stoplight.

  2. All political bumper stickers should be removed within one month after an election. I'm tired of still seeing Bush/Cheney and Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers on cars. The election is over.

  3. Take your bumper sticker off your car if the ink has worn off.

  4. Christians: The fish swims to your left when you put it on, not to the right.

  5. Don't you hear enough profanity from TV, movies or the people around you? Do you have to display a bumper sticker that uses profanity, too?

  6. If you support a social, political or environmental cause, you only need one bumper sticker to state your case. People will get the point.

  7. When selecting a bumper sticker, make sure the print is large enough for others to read it.

  8. Use bumper stickers wisely. There is enough road rage as it is.

If you have any ideas for further suggestions, please feel free to add them in our "comments" section.


At Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:09:00 AM, Blogger Mickey McLean said...

I agree with No. 7. I almost rear-ended someone the other day trying to read their bumper sticker. (I never could figure out what it said.) And you should lump car magnets in this, as well.

At Thursday, July 21, 2005 8:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a car that could not have been more than 2 years old and had to be in the $40-$50k range- and had about 15 stickers on it!

There has to be a formula out there that calculates the number of stickers you can have based on aga and value of the vehicle. For example, the sky is the limit if you drive a 1974 Pinto (the blow-up kind).

the Heckler

At Thursday, July 21, 2005 12:09:00 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Don't forget: You're not doing your candidate any favors by sporting their bumper sticker if you're going to drive like a jerk.

As for the removal of old bumper stickers, I suspect people don't take them off in part because they can't figure out how to do so without taking off a lot of paint (particularly true on many modern cars that have plastic, painted bumpers). I have one of these bumper sticker holders, which attaches inside my rear window with suction cups. Bumper stickers are inexpensive, and this way you can get a few and rotate them to give your fellow roadway users a laugh.

At Thursday, July 21, 2005 1:25:00 PM, Blogger Lex said...

Humor is always a plus. Always.

At Thursday, July 21, 2005 6:48:00 PM, Blogger coturnix said...

Agreed on all points.

However, it appears that this year keeping the Kerry/Edwards sticker on is a substitute for adding a sticker with a variation on "He's not my president" or "Don't blame me, I voted for..." that usually show up after an election. I haven't seen those at all, but Kerry/Edwards stickers are everywhere.

I was going to remove mine on the Inauguration Day, but decided against it once I understood the peculiar dynamics of this year's election.

At Friday, July 22, 2005 8:33:00 AM, Anonymous Tim In VT said...

First, what POSSIBLE difference can it make which way the fish swims?! Is there a legitimate point behind this, or is it a bizarre form of legalism (or, perhaps, an attempt at humor that I missed)?

Second, If you are going to post a bumper sticker, particularly a political sticker, expect comments. Please do not act all offended or shocked when someone responds to your sticker. After all, one could say "You started it".

Lastly, as with profanity, there is enough rudeness and name calling in the world. What does it say about you if you cannot get your point across without resorting to personal attacks and rudeness? Funny, thought-provoking and pointed are great. Rude, condescending and boorish say more about you than about your cause.

At Friday, July 22, 2005 9:44:00 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

Tim in VT:

The fish, historically, also had a Greek acrostic inside. It meant "Jesus Christ - God's Son - Savior." The acrostic was read from the left which was the head of the fish. From the beginning of its use as a Christian symbol, it has always swam to the left. So, it is a tradition started by the early church.

There was also a similar pagan fish that was always swiming to the right when displayed in the ancient middle east. It was a symbol of demon worship.

At Friday, July 22, 2005 12:13:00 PM, Anonymous Tim In VT said...

Alex -
Thank you! I stand educated.

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