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What is it with Bumper Stickers ?

Updated on May 13, 2011

Bumper Stickers ? ............

...........being a private person, I really don't understand. Not that I'm antisocial, a hermit, or have anything to hide, just that I don't want to tell complete strangers what I'd rather be doing, where I go to church and if I do, who I vote for, what I want legal that isn't or illegal something that is, what medicine I take, who or what or what cause I've donated money, where my kids go to school and if their honor students or not, If I have a baby on board, what music I like or a concert I've been to, what kind of pet I have, what other car I drive, what I eat and whether it has a face or not, whether I'm single or not or what and who I like to sleep with, or do I want a stranger to know what I think about a certain gender.

And nor would I want to advertise for a certain business without getting paid for it. Nor do I have the need to enlighten a stranger with witticisms, quotes or trying to make this stranger smile with a sticker of what I think is funny. And I certainly don't want to take this stranger's thoughts and attention away from this dangerous activity of driving. After all, that's why we're on the road. Have there been car accidents caused by bumper stickers, as there are from drivers on cell phones or texting?

What causes people to do this? To destroy the resale value of their car. Are they so infatuated with themselves and their ideas that they now know all the answers for others? Is this sharing thing gone way too far?

At a time I thought all this activity was endemic to North America, until I went to Mexico. There I found bumper stickers like: 'Take me to America' - 'Hire the Alien' - 'we work cheap' - 'That damn Reo Grande' - 'Drug Cartels Rule' - 'My other car is a donkey' - 'Date my Mommy she virgin' - 'Honk if you love the Pope' - 'The pope loves Mexico' - 'My child can't read' - 'Picker on board' - 'Nobody does it like a Mexican' .................just kidding, of course!

Then I went to Cuba and found: 'Honk if you love Castro' - 'That damn ocean' - 'Sell my soul for a boat' - 'We love Cigars and Sugarcane' - 'Who needs the rest of the world' - 'Freedom Sucks' - 'See what the government can do' - 'How far to Miami?' ..........just kidding of course.

Then I went to the United Kingdom and found: 'We love taxes' - 'The Queen Rules' - 'Who needs tourists' - 'Never knew a Monarchy I didn't like' - 'England has the best food' - 'It's a Kilt not a Dress' - 'Damn Yanks' - 'Give Ireland back to the Irish' - 'Irish have always gone GREEN' - 'Real men are Pagan' - 'Celts make better lovers' .............just kidding, of course.

Then I went to the Middle East, well, better not; don't want to have a death warrant out on me for this little ol' hub page! It certainly aint worth it. My point is that it is endemic to North America. No body in their right mind would put these stickers on their car in another country, especially the Middle East.......oh well, can't resist, maybe just this one, 'The bomb is up my ass,' now that would be a singular bumper sticker to see on a car in Iran. Oh maybe just another one, 'My other car is a camel'

....And some arn't satisfied with just the bumper !


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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      kittythedreamer, thank you, you certainly gave me goooooooood grin today. I'd like to watch that honey scene, if they don't let me join them. GGG ;~)

      The best day to ya.

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      Super hilarious, johnwindbell! I think I cracked a rib laughing at your Mexican and British bumper stickers. Voted up and funny.

      I think the funniest bumper sticker I've ever seen was on the back of a beat-up small pick-up truck:

      "Dip me in honey and feed me to the lesbians!"

      What??? LOL.

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      Thanks Pamela, and happy to meet you. I like your goodies as well.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This was great. Very unique. Thanks for a good read.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information, my friend. I had never heard about this before. But I can found easily a little sticker placed at the body of the car. Thanks for writing this and share with us. Cheers....


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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      Oh, how I love it! :D Right up my I don't do stickers either. They are so degrading to the car, making it look awful. A lot like those tattoos people put on their bodies, you know? (well, I find them to be disgusting under the skin and all). I know some like them and the bumper stickers. But, I am like you...I don't! Great hub and funny. Thanks for sharing it. :D

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      johnwindbell 6 years ago from - the land of beards and buggies

      I love your compliments, something I mostly get on HP, and not on the outside. I'm glad I've given y'all some goooood grin. And I guess these stickers could be used, so cleverly, to hide what the car looks like underneath. Is that the reason for tattoos? Wonder.

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Great stuff, John! I had to have a chuckle to myself when I read your hub..funny because it's so true! Sometimes, when I'm stuck in traffic, I appreciate having something to read; there are certainly some very curious messages out there! Voted up.

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Well done John, funny and amusing and something I've thought about many times driving. Good Hub


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      susiebrown48 6 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      I literally laughed out loud reading your hub. I never really gave other peoples bumper stickers much thought, maybe the best sentiment is "to each his own" but I guess I feel about bumper stickers the way I feel about tattoos. I'm not against them, but there isn't any picture or phrase that I like well enough to ink permanently on my skin (or bumper) (or both I guess, one could have a tattoo on their bumper.) Thanks for the smile!

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      Chris Montgomery 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Never dug the bumper sticker thing. Since we're on the subject, let's not neglect the infamous, "My child is an honors student at ..." or "my (insert breed here) dog is smarter than your honor student" Oy vey. There is only one genre I have been tempted to put on my bumper, "If you can read this, you're too *(&^*&^close to my bumper! Oops, sorry I'm ranting! Cheers!

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      marellen 6 years ago

      John....I don't know why people do this either. Now I have an American flag on mine and some little red flowers and I like that because it helps me find where I parked my car. My daughter who is 25 has about 8 stickers on her car and she thinks it awesome, while I shake my head. lol

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      feenix 6 years ago

      Johnwindbell, this a very amusing and entertaining hub. And I do not believe for one second that you are the killjoy that you're trying to come off as. My intuition tells me that you're the kind of guy who doesn't mind it when other people "express themselves". :-)