Funny Bumper Stickers and More

"Unique" bumper stickers

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Bumper stickers and freedom of speech

From the cool Atlantic ocean waters crashing on the rocky shores of Maine to the sun-filled coast of California, the United States of America is a treasure trove of all things beautiful. Its landscape of snow-capped mountains, deep canyons, and gentle plains is as varied as its people.

This nation, that places its welcome mat at the feet of Lady Liberty, has seen immigrants from across the globe make this melting pot their home. But amidst all these variations, its citizens hold at least one value in common: the Constitutional right to freedom of expression.

Specifically, its the first amendment to the Constitution, ratified in the Bill of Rights in 1791, which grants the right to free speech. This amendment allows the citizens of the United States to speak freely without fear of government interference. And speak freely they do!

It's hard to imagine that the founding fathers could have fathomed the ways people would choose to exercise their points of view.

In an odd sort of way, bumper stickers, for example, allow people to peacefully express their viewpoint, be it controversial, religious, political, funny, thoughtful, or even bizarre.


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Inventor of bumper stickers still in business in Lenexa, KA

A markerGill-line (bumper stickers) -
Lackman Rd, Lenexa, KS, USA
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Humble beginnings of bumper stickers

Almost as soon as there were bumpers, there were bumper "stickers." Constructed of cardboard and metal, the earliest renditions of bumper stickers were attached to the bumpers of Model T-Fords with wire and string.

However, the roots of the modern day adhesive bumper sticker date back to 1934 when Forest P. Gill of Kansas began printing on canvas in his small basement business. The printed canvas products graced awnings and tire covers, often serving to advertise a business or brand.

After World War II, Gill combined a newly developed florescent paint and a self-sticking adhesive to create the modern day bumper sticker. Once operating out of a small rented building, the Gill-line expanded over the years into a 240,000 sq.ft. manufacturing facility. Located in Lenexa, Kansas, today the Gill-line produces a wide range of products, with custom decals and bumper stickers being its top two sellers.

By their 50th anniversary in 1984, Gill-line had printed over one-billion bumper stickers and perhaps is the biggest manufacturer of bumper stickers today. With so many products to advertise and viewpoints to express on bumper stickers the Gill's family business should thrive for even more years to come.

>>> History of Gill-line bumper stickers

Promotional bumper stickers

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Displaying views with bumper stickers seems odd

Self-expression comes in many forms, but advertising one's agenda, associations, interests, advice, random thoughts, and funny one-liners on the bumper of a car seems rather peculiar.

It's not that the content is necessarily odd, although there are definitely some very bizarre bumper stickers out there, it's the idea of adhering a $3.99 bumper sticker onto the bumper of a $30,000 automobile that seems strange.

Since the average price of a new car in 2011 was $29,602 and rising every year it seems unimaginable that anyone would mar the bumper of a shiny new car with a cheap bumper sticker.


Advice bumper stickers

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Bumper stickers can be entertaining or downright maddening

On the flip side, if other people want to put bumper stickers on their cars, that is their choice, actually their Constitutional right.

Funny bumper stickers are the best and can often give you a sense of what the driver in front is like. A little humor while stuck in traffic can certainly lower blood pressure, but then there are the bumper stickers that leave the reader wondering, "What?" Worst of all are the bumper stickers that make the blood boil.

But admittedly, when driving behind a car with a bumper sticker, whether it appears to be a funny bumper sticker or not, it's almost impossible to not squint and read every word.

Making the choice to adhere a bumper sticker to a car really does say a lot about the person driving. Think of it this way: a bumper sticker is akin to a full commitment of marriage, whereas the newer window decals that easily peel off are more like just moving in together.


Military bumper stickers

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Political bumper stickers

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Cause-related bumper stickers

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Education bumper stickers

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Sports & recreation bumper stickers

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Funny bumper sticker sayings

It goes without saying, that the only purpose of a funny bumper sticker is to bring a little laughter to someone.

Perhaps funny bumper stickers, and bumper stickers in general, are the precursor to funny statuses on Facebook.


Here are a few funny bumper stickers that just make you chuckle:


•There's no excuse for laziness

But I'm working on it.


• Hard work has a future pay off

Laziness pays off now


•Hard work may not kill me

But why take chances


• Lord help me be the person

My dog thinks I am


• Been dieting for a month

So far I've lost 31 days


• Some people are afraid of heights

Personally I'm afraid of widths


• What if the hokey pokey

IS what it's all about?


• There's a fine line between fishing

and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot


• Consciousness -

The annoying time between naps


• Watch out

For the idiot behind me


• If you want to drive a Hummer

ENLIST


• I may be old

But I got to see all the cool bands


• To err is human

To arr is pirate


• I don't suffer from insanity

I enjoy every minute of it


• Don't worry what people think

They don't do it very often


• Honk if you love Jesus

Text and drive if you want to meet him


• The only solution for economic recovery

Is Chuck Norris merchandise


• Sorry for driving

So close in front of you


• I may be slow

But I'm ahead of you


If you seen other funny bumper stickers, be sure to include them in the comments section below.



Religious bumper stickers

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Animals/pets bumper stickers

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How to remove a bumper sticker

When the time finally comes to remove a bumper sticker from a car, it can be a tricky job to do unless it has already started to come off on its own. Simply grabbing at a corner and peeling it up is probably the worst way to tackle this job.

Luckily, there are people who have figured out the best methods to remove bumper stickers. Many of them involve heat to break down the adhesive.

The Tampa Bay Times Couponsherpa has put together a list of 5 Ways to Remove Bumper Stickers:


1. Boiling water

2. Natural agents like vinegar

3. WD-40

4. Blowdryer

5. Goo-Gone


The key to making any of these methods work is to do them slowly. For example, place a towel soaked with boiling water on top of the sticker. After a couple of minutes try to slowly peel the bumper sticker starting at a corner. If necessary, pour boiling water onto the sticker and wait.

On a final note, consider keeping the funny bumper stickers in place. A little laughter (especially in traffic) goes a long way.


Vacation bumper stickers

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Comments 32 comments

Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

While I was on vacation years back, I found a bumper sticker in a specialty shop on the Oregon Coast. One of them is on the rear bumper of my truck, and the other one is kept in my safe deposit box in case the original bumper sticker needs to be replaced. I don't think I need to explain this to you, but I am childless, and while I'm out and about in my truck, it irks me to see these bumper stickers about someone's kids or grandkids all of the time. And how they're doing in school. Who cares? It's not that they're working on some needed vaccine right now so they can save the world. Here's my answer to those silly little bumper stickers to people and their bragging:

MY BEAGLE IS SMARTER THAN YOUR HONOR STUDENT.

And, by looking at the behavior of some of these "honor" students, my beagle certainly is! Voted up!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

I've read a few things today that made me laugh, but this was the funniest. I love it. And I love the fact that you have a duplicate bumper sticker in a safe deposit box - so quirky and funny at the same time. I know a few "honor" students that my beagle has a leg up on too (no pun intended).


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hazelwood4 4 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

One day I saw a bumper sticker which said,"My son beat up your honor student." HE HE Also another classic is, "If you can read this you are to darn close.:) Bumper stickers can very funny for sure. Thank you for sharing.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very cute and novel Hub about bumper stickers! I never liked putting them on my car, but I love reading other people's bumper stickers!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Hahaha! I like Arlene's! Who cares, indeed, about someone's honor student?! LOL (But I'll bet my cats are smarter than the Beagles... :-P I can say that; I had a Beagle once--never again--that dog was dumber than a box of rocks!)

I have a couple of window-stickers; nothing on the bumper. One is from the dojo where I studied martial arts...a subtle warning not to mess with the owner of THIS truck.. ;-) ... the other 2 are about the animal rescue I volunteer with, and a 'save our parks' sticker.

The one I liked best of all, I saw back in the mid 1980's--then, as now, as always, it seems we are fighting to keep our schools funded. That sticker said,

"It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need, and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber."


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

hazelwood4 - Now that you mention it, I've seen both those bumper stickers myself, although I don't think "darn" was the word actually on the bumper sticker. Funny stuff. Thanks for including those.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

It is amazing to see all of the bumper stickers out there but I never knew the origin until reading this informative hub. Thanks! Useful and interesting votes...and funny for some of those bumper stickers.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Rebeccamealey - Agreed; bumper stickers are fun to read on the car of someone else, but I cannot think of any circumstance when I would put one on my own bumper.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

I look forward to your hubs not just for the writing but for the innovative way you are matching original images to your writing. I know, before I even click on the title, that I will be treated to unique information that I won't find anywhere else on the Web. Please keep up the good work; it's refreshing to find such originality in a environment that's cluttered with way too many imitations.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

DzyMsLizzy - I can see how you remember that bumper sticker from the 1980s. At first it struck me as funny, but a second reading left me thinking, "how sad." That's the best kind of bumper sticker - funny and thought-provoking. I'm hoping your dojo sticker has done its job well.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks Peggy W. I was surprised myself to learn that the origins of the bumper sticker go back as far as they do. Thanks for your comment and votes.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Donna - That may be the single nicest comment I have received. I'm actually sort of speechless. I'll just say that not only do I sincerely appreciate you noticing my work from Hub-to-Hub, but that you took the time to write such a genuine compliment. Thank you.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Haha...very intertaining! I love bumper stickers and signs! Also just some interesting info about bumper stickers...great hub.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

catgypsy - There are definitely some funny bumper stickers out there that do make me smile. Thanks for reading.


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josshray 4 years ago from Fairfax Station, VA

This is really very informative hub about bumper stickers printing, i thinks bumper stickers are the very good way to express your feelings :P If its stick on many automobiles :)

Thanks Ktrapp for this hub.

I love Funny bumper stickers.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Great hub! I love reading people's funny bumper stickers. Sometimes, it makes bad traffic more bearable. And thanks for the bumper sticker removing tips. Rated funny, useful and awesome!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

joshray - I'm glad you enjoyed the funny bumper stickers!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Om Paramapoonya - Thanks. There's nothing like a good, funny bumper sticker on bad traffic days. Thanks for the comment and votes.


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princesswithapen 4 years ago

"I may be slow But I'm ahead of you" That was epic! Haha! Enjoyed reading the hub and the comments too.

Princesswithapen


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks princesswithapen. There are definintely some funny bumper stickers out there!


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Ha! I love reading bumper stickers and have been known to get too close to a car just so I can read it! Interesting history and nice examples.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great hub-funny AND interesting with the history. Nice photos too. Don't believe Danette about following a car close to read the bumper sticker-she just plain tailgates, LOL (I'm witness to that and survived!) Voted up and interesting.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Danette - Thanks. As my vision gets worse as I get a little older I find that I have to get just a little too close myself sometimes to read the small print on bumper stickers. Not worth risking a fender bender though.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Denise - So are you and Danette friends or sisters? I can hardly stand to ride with someone who tailgates all the time, but it sounds like you have done OK with Danette. Thanks for reading; glad you found the bumper stickers funny.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

A lot of good chuckles and info here, along with good pics too. I don't have any on my car now, but may before this election year is over! I saw a couple you mentioned that I may try to find. Oh, and who knew the original bumper sticker came from Kansas? Good little known fact.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

xstatic - Election years certainly do prompt people to get bumper stickers; but I myself tend to be partial to funny bumper stickers!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Part of the American Freedom of Speech are all these bumper stickers. Great way for me to start the day. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

alocsin - I'm glad to know this Hub on bumper stickers got your day off right. Thanks for stopping by.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Hello Ktrapp, I loved the history of the bumper sticker and story that went along with this great hub. Here are a couple I've seen in TX.

Keep honking, I'm reloading.

Welcome to Texas, Now go home.

This car stops for all garage sales.

This car brakes for the Halibut. (fish market ad)

Your pictures were well chosen and interesting. Wish I'd taken the camera when I spent so much time commuting over the years. There have been some good ones. All the way up on this one.


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks Peg. I lived in the Dallas/Plano area years ago for a few years and being from CT, seeing "Welcome to Texas, Now go home" as well as "Go home Yankee" caught my attention. I always thought it was sort of odd that someone would stick something like that on their car (actually usually a pickup truck). I've also seen the garage sale on from time-to-time. Thanks for your comment.


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Kristen...I enjoyed the hub and chuckled my way through the funny bumper stickers sayings. A witty bumper sticker on the car in front could mean the difference between a driver chilling out and smiling during a traffic jam or suffering stress (or even road rage).

One of my favorite bumper stickers was the ubiquitous "I wasn't born in Texas...but I got here as fast as I could" when I lived in the Dallas suburbs from the late '80s until 1996. I enjoyed living there, so could relate to that bumper sticker.

Voted Up+++

Jaye


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ktrapp 3 years ago from Illinois Author

Jaye - I also lived in a Dallas suburb (Plano) for a few years in the late 80s. Having lived all my life before that in CT, I found TX to be a bit of a culture shock (that's probably an understatement). However, I had the opposite reaction as you to some of the bumper stickers I saw there. The one that sticks in my head was "Yankee go home" and I believe there was one about taking 75 north. Texans certainly do have a lot of state pride (probably another understatement), as reflected in the bumper sticker you saw there a lot. I'm glad you liked living there; while living there was different for me, I still enjoy visiting since I have family there. I actually like it a lot more now than I did back in the 80s. Anyway, you're right, bumper stickers can make a drive more pleasant or the opposite, and some do have a way of sticking with us over the years (no pun intended).

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