Friday, June 1, 2012
What Is the Meaning of This?
I'm hoping one of my readers can help me solve a little mystery that I've seen frequenting the roads around the Twin Cities. It's this little white window sticker with letters:
I know that the picture is a bit fuzzy but that's what happens when all of a sudden you look at the car ahead of you and there's that window sticker again. Sort of looks like the shape of Ohio (a stretch I know) with an "e, l or b, and a c". Is this a hockey thing? Some educational group or school logo? Is it an image that I'm not seeing? Or a bizarre new cult with these stickers attached to their cars, driving around the north Metro St. Paul recruiting new members. If anyone has any insights, please share!
This all started back in the days of living in the Washington, DC suburbs when this sticker started appearing on cars in the snarled Northern Virginia traffic. OBX. At first I thought it meant "obnoxious" because it seemed that everyone with this particular sticker was a completely obnoxious driver. Then I figured out it stands for the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which is a traditional escape from the DC area.
This whole deciphering bumper stickers game is now transferring to the next generation. My daughter, who is learning to drive, has taken a new interest decrypting bumper stickers. Her most recent perplexing one is "Coexist".
Coexist is pretty easy if you can identify all of the symbols involved: Islamic star, the star of David, the peace symbol, the Christian cross, and those other Eastern religions. What's the message these drivers are trying to send? Peace, end war, love your neighbor, lets all just get along. That's all great, until the guy with the Coexist sticker won't let you merge in front of him. Where's the love in that? If you're bold enough to display peace on your bumper sticker, shouldn't you live it?
Perhaps it's due to all of the tedious hours I spend driving around that decoding bumper stickers takes on new meaning. It's amusing and always makes me wonder what sort of person would actually put that particular bumper sticker on their car. Having been nearly run off of the road for a particular political bumper sticker by someone obviously in disagreement with me, no political persuasion stickers for my back bumper. I guess I could put Romney on the right and Obama on the left to Coexist with all of those other OBX drivers out there!
Now if someone could just decipher the "ebc" mystery for me.