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Hmmmmm:

--- Quote from: marcel on January 07, 2013, 07:57:36 PM ---
--- Quote from: Betelnut on January 07, 2013, 07:27:27 PM ---
What gave me "brain hurt" was, well, why would you keep a bumper detail on your car, especially a slightly "controversial" one like a Darwin Fish if you didn't agree with it?  Maybe he didn't know what it meant?

Still slightly bewildered by the conversation.

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For me a car is an instrument for driving in and transporting stuff, I do not care at all what it looks like, for me a bumpersticker would have to be extremely offensive (not just something I disagree with or don't care about) before I would remove it from a second hand car, so I can completely understand this man.

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I didn't see where he said he didn't agree with it. Maybe because I see them daily, but they don't seem controversial all that much to me.  And though I believe the design originated with an atheist movement, most people I know associate it more with a statement of evolution/creationism and many Christians to agree with some, if not all, aspects of evolution.

Betelnut:

--- Quote from: marcel on January 07, 2013, 07:57:36 PM ---
--- Quote from: Betelnut on January 07, 2013, 07:27:27 PM ---
What gave me "brain hurt" was, well, why would you keep a bumper detail on your car, especially a slightly "controversial" one like a Darwin Fish if you didn't agree with it?  Maybe he didn't know what it meant?

Still slightly bewildered by the conversation.

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For me a car is an instrument for driving in and transporting stuff, I do not care at all what it looks like, for me a bumpersticker would have to be extremely offensive (not just something I disagree with or don't care about) before I would remove it from a second hand car, so I can completely understand this man.

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I get that in a way but, in my mind, if there are bumperstickers/decals on your car, they should at least represent you or your viewpoint.  Having a decal or bumpersticker on your car that is against what you believe is sort of like wearing a t-shirt with an opposing viewpoint to your own.  Why would you do it?  It just seems strange. 

Betelnut:

--- Quote from: Mental Magpie on January 07, 2013, 07:33:19 PM ---
--- Quote from: Betelnut on January 07, 2013, 07:27:27 PM ---The other day I was taking a walk around the neighborhood with my daughter.  I noticed one of my neighbors fiddling with his car and sort of walking around outside his house.  I had noticed his car before in the driveway because it has a Darwin Fish on the bumper.  Since my car also has one, I felt a sense of neighborliness toward the gentleman right away since Darwin Fish are fairly rare bumper adornments around here.  This was the first time I had actually seen the owner/driver of the car though.

Me:  Hi!  I like your Darwin Fish!  I have one on my car too.  I've only seen about two or three others the entire time I've lived in this area.
Him:  <Quizzical look>  Uh, thanks...actually, it was on the car when I bought it.
Me: ...Oh, okay.  Have a nice day.

What gave me "brain hurt" was, well, why would you keep a bumper detail on your car, especially a slightly "controversial" one like a Darwin Fish if you didn't agree with it?  Maybe he didn't know what it meant?

Still slightly bewildered by the conversation.

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My guess he either didn't know or didn't care.  I once bought a car with Calvin peeing on my favorite sports team; you bet that sticker came off faster than the speed of light! (On another note, I wish I had super powers and that wasn't just hyperbole :'()


(Also, Hi!  I like your Darwin Fish!  I have one on my car too!)

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Ew!  I HATE those Calvin stickers even the praying ones because Bill Watterson didn't approve them and isn't getting any proceeds from them.  He's being ripped off!  But the peeing ones are just gross!

(Yeah, Darwin Fish!   :))
 

Tea Drinker:
I probably wouldn't wear a t-shirt or display a sticker for something I just don't care about, but leaving on "This Car Climbed Mount Washington" or wearing a giveaway shirt for a 10K race you didn't run seems different from having a sticker for a candidate you voted against or your own team's arch-rival.

Thipu1:
I have an old story about how a bumper sticker helped discover a car theft. 

A resident of a  county in New York State had his car stolen while on vacation in another state.  He reported it to the police with a full description including the presence of a bumper sticker supporting a candidate in his home county's Sheriff race.  Let's say the name of the candidate was Bill Vines.

A local cop found a car he was sure was the stolen one because of the bumper sticker.  He stopped the driver and asked, 'Who's Bill Vines?'.

That clinched it and the owner had his car returned. 

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