Metafilter bumpersticker sighting. September 29, 2006 1:21 AM   Subscribe

Another curiousity question (and no idea if this is completely inappropriate.)

I was driving behind a Toyota SUV earlier today in Maryland (New Hampshire Avenue, southbound, at around 445-5pm, after Cloverly, but before Valley Brook Rd) and I found myself staring at a MetaFilter bumper sticker! I've posted a picture in the comments, with the license plate number blacked out.

A) I'm curious as anything to know who this was.
B) Where can I get an awesome bumper sticker to put on my car?

PS: I was driving a black 98 Honda Civic with my headlights on and a bunch of crap hanging from the rearview, if whoever it is wants to know what car I was.

(If this is completely taboo and un-mefi, please delete.)
posted by sperose to MetaFilter-Related at 1:21 AM (69 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Here is the edited picture:
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If someone wants to know the license plate, let me know.
posted by sperose at 1:21 AM on September 29, 2006


With regards to (B) there appears to be a very similar, perhaps even identical, bumper sticker at cafepress.
posted by RichardP at 1:35 AM on September 29, 2006


An SUV you say?

BURN THEM!
posted by Jimbob at 3:42 AM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: If you can read this you must be some kinda pinko metrosexual.
posted by Joeforking at 3:44 AM on September 29, 2006


I'm impressed that you managed to whip your camera out and take a clear picture while you were driving. I've wanted to do that so many times, but evidently I lack the necessary physical ability.
posted by chrismear at 3:54 AM on September 29, 2006


For anonyminity's sake, you should've blacked out the disability registry on the plate.
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:06 AM on September 29, 2006


And the trailer hitch.
posted by thirteenkiller at 4:17 AM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


I'd like to know the license plate. For no good reason other than it'll save me a lot of work googling the person's info and posting it later.
posted by Eideteker at 4:22 AM on September 29, 2006 [2 favorites]


Whoa, I've never heard of a sticker sighting in the wild. Maybe it's wheelieman?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:37 AM on September 29, 2006


Wheelieman lives in MN, according to his profile.
posted by Eideteker at 4:39 AM on September 29, 2006


next time, post a picture of his house!
posted by naxosaxur at 4:48 AM on September 29, 2006


I only know one person offhand in the Maryland area whose car that might be, I'll email him and see if it's him.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 4:54 AM on September 29, 2006


It aint me. I have a lot of radio station bumper stickers on my van, but this gives me an idea.
posted by wheelieman at 5:10 AM on September 29, 2006


I'm impressed that you managed to whip your camera out and take a clear picture while you were driving. I've wanted to do that so many times, but evidently I lack the necessary physical ability.

USians will do anything when they're driving which is why they pip New Zealanders as worst drivers in the Western world. Eating and holding a mobile phone conversation is not that uncommon. What you don't see in the pic is the trail of destruction left by sperose lurching all over the road. ;-)

[I'll assume that anyway - pic blocked by firewall for me.]
posted by i_cola at 5:38 AM on September 29, 2006


It wasn't me. That vehicle clearly has an anus.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 5:48 AM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


Is this something I'd have to drive a vehicle to claim responsibility for?
posted by cortex at 6:23 AM on September 29, 2006


You seem to be awful close to that car.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:50 AM on September 29, 2006


Awful close and taking a photo with one hand.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:52 AM on September 29, 2006


most digitals have a zoom function if im not mistaken
posted by naxosaxur at 6:57 AM on September 29, 2006


Hey sperose!

I'm kind of embarrassed - I got the sticker from cafepress when I did a solo cross country trip a few years ago on the off-hand hopes it would spur conversation or even a horn honk (at the time MeFi was probably less well known and "blog" was still an emerging word) - kind of a solidarity tag as I drove through the heart of Bush country. This is the first time it has ever had attention (that I know of).

I'm trying to remember a black 98 Honda Civic in that area yesterday but can't recall anything out of the ordinary.

Thanks RichardP for tracking me down and letting me know about the thread! I'm not sure how he found me. I suppose you could piece it together from my trip website which shows the same shot from further back, but probably there is a freely available database that tracks license plates?
posted by stbalbach at 6:59 AM on September 29, 2006 [5 favorites]


Busted!
posted by NinjaTadpole at 7:00 AM on September 29, 2006


Cool. Can even see the sticker in the banner image on the travel blog.

stbalbach lives near my old stomping grounds. Wish I had know this before I left. Would have invited him to the Olney Ale House.
posted by terrapin at 7:08 AM on September 29, 2006


Sperose, come to think of it, I do recall seeing a black car with lots of bumper stickers and thinking "not many people have bumper stickers but that one has a lot" - maybe that was you I don't know.

terrapin yeah Olney Ale House is a great place.
posted by stbalbach at 7:14 AM on September 29, 2006


Cool bumper sticker, but I'll wait for the Canadian-designed version.
posted by QIbHom at 7:41 AM on September 29, 2006


Can't see in the photo - so what's the funny little tag line? (Synchronicitious proposal - Mefi: M'alp you?)
posted by DenOfSizer at 7:47 AM on September 29, 2006


I think it says The Community Weblog.
posted by iconomy at 7:55 AM on September 29, 2006


The Commun IT y We Blog?
posted by blue_beetle at 8:06 AM on September 29, 2006


yeah Olney Ale House is a great place.

Oooh. Is it time for another MoCo meetup?
posted by grateful at 8:19 AM on September 29, 2006


USians will do anything when they're driving which is why they pip New Zealanders as worst drivers in the Western world.

Nice job nesting not one but TWO slurs into this conversation completely at random.
posted by scarabic at 8:21 AM on September 29, 2006


We still gotta go not eat scones sometime, grateful.
posted by If I Had An Anus at 8:23 AM on September 29, 2006


Damn! I did promise to give scones another try, didn't I?
posted by grateful at 8:28 AM on September 29, 2006


QIbHom - Let me know when that comes out, eh?
posted by arcticwoman at 8:42 AM on September 29, 2006


USians will do anything when they're driving which is why they pip New Zealanders as worst drivers in the Western world. Eating and holding a mobile phone conversation is not that uncommon. What you don't see in the pic is the trail of destruction left by sperose lurching all over the road. ;-)

It's true, I just get so hungry when I'm driving and when I eat I like to narrate my meal to a friend on the cellphone. I think the way I do it is perfectly safe, check it out:

I put a brick on the gas pedal and tie two broom sticks to 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock on the wheel, then i get in the back seat with a bucket of chalupas in gravy and throw on some porno in the in-seatback dvd player (I recommend Latvian Gapers 16: Return to Colon Mountain) and then I call my mom or my AA sponsor and let 'er rip. I admit that I once got distracted and drove to New Zealand instead of the Costco in Queens (the tiger prawns are simply not LARGE enough at the one in Brooklyn and I swear that the mute Central American that serves them out to me from the ice packed depths of his mobile lucite prison understands my ravenous soul) but I'm pretty sure no one got hurt, certainly no one American.
posted by Divine_Wino at 8:50 AM on September 29, 2006 [14 favorites]


I love you, D_W.
posted by sciurus at 8:55 AM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]



posted by gigawhat? at 9:21 AM on September 29, 2006 [4 favorites]


That was beautiful. *sniff*
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:23 AM on September 29, 2006


I meant DW's travelogue, but the quonsar fish is pretty awesome, too.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:25 AM on September 29, 2006


I'm not sure how he found me.

Clues from sperose's photo and a minute or two with Google were enough that I didn't think I'd be embarrassing myself by sending you an e-mail pointing to this thread.

...probably there is a freely available database that tracks license plates?

As far as I know, there is no such database. Some states do sell license pate number information, but they typically place restrictions on the use of the data. In any case, I didn't ask sperose for the plate details and as far as I know she hasn't provided them to anyone.
posted by RichardP at 9:47 AM on September 29, 2006


I would totally buy a quonsar fish.
posted by kindall at 9:55 AM on September 29, 2006


that quonsar fish is a cool birthday gift! thanks, gigawhat?!
posted by quonsar at 10:14 AM on September 29, 2006


Happy Birthday, quonsar!
posted by sciurus at 10:18 AM on September 29, 2006


Happy Birthday, quonsar!
posted by riotgrrl69 at 10:21 AM on September 29, 2006


Quonsar IS the fish in your pants.
posted by JanetLand at 10:24 AM on September 29, 2006


Im in YUR PANTS Quonsaring YUR FISH.
posted by arcticwoman at 10:40 AM on September 29, 2006


Yes, I zoomed in completely with my digital camera, and I have a bad habit of taking pictures while driving. I actually took while driving on I-80 in PA for a photography class at Lycoming and everyone in the class just about pissed themselves. Plus I balanced the camera on the steering wheel. And it was at a red light. So it isn't quite *as* bad.

stbalbach--it probably was me. I have an obscene amount of bumper stickers plastered on my trunk.

Checking your profile, it says 0 miles. I guess that says it all.

(And I am totally down for a MoCo meetup.)
posted by sperose at 10:51 AM on September 29, 2006


dmd's plate
posted by dmd at 11:03 AM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


I would instantly purchase a quonsar fish were one to be available.
posted by scrump at 11:19 AM on September 29, 2006


happy birthday q! boy, 100 today--you look fab tho! ; >
posted by amberglow at 11:41 AM on September 29, 2006


quonsar, you're a Libran?! W00t!
(My rising is Libra). Many happy returns!
posted by Lynsey at 11:53 AM on September 29, 2006


Jesus, quonsar, you've got your own Urban Dictionary entry?
posted by moira at 11:55 AM on September 29, 2006


Cool bumper sticker, but I'll wait for the Canadian-designed version.

MetaFiltre?
posted by hoborg at 12:03 PM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


He's not the only one.
posted by koeselitz at 12:04 PM on September 29, 2006


USians will do anything when they're driving which is why they pip New Zealanders as worst drivers in the Western world.

When I was a news cameraman, I used to drive and shoot video at the same time. It's the best way to get that behind-the-wheel look. Take that, New Zealand.
posted by MrZero at 1:06 PM on September 29, 2006


Yeah, I have one too.
posted by terrapin at 1:08 PM on September 29, 2006


I don't like this game...
posted by Bugg at 1:34 PM on September 29, 2006


*Does interpretive dance in honor of quonsar's birthday. Includes booty shakin'.*
posted by moira at 2:05 PM on September 29, 2006


I do.

Damn that yeti is YETI!!!
posted by yeti at 2:07 PM on September 29, 2006


...that is, if I were a song...
posted by yeti at 2:08 PM on September 29, 2006


I think I need to change my name...
wendell, wendelled, wendel... or maybe just change the spelling: wendle.

BTW, Happy b-day q-man, here is my version of the quonsarfish:

posted by wendell at 2:14 PM on September 29, 2006 [1 favorite]


5. yeti: When a man draws a face on his (preferably hairy) scrotum, then proceeds to stretch his scrotum out near someone's face. Idealy, the stretched out face on his scrotum will look like a big hairy yeti and frighten the victim.

When (insert name) woke up, he was suprised to see 3 of his friends giving him yetis.
This gives me an idear for a birthday present. *scurries away*
posted by yeti at 2:22 PM on September 29, 2006


Well, that explains Defective Yeti...
posted by wendell at 2:29 PM on September 29, 2006


happy birthday gramps : )
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:07 PM on September 29, 2006


Hmmm... The Urban Dictionary entry for Metafilter is... ah, interesting:

1. metafilter

Big ol' Pants washin' tight like chicken, eh.

Caddie fell messing pants with metafilter Benji, how aboot that eh.
posted by Dunwitty at 4:13 PM on September 29, 2006


This game IS fun!
posted by Roger Dodger at 6:00 PM on September 29, 2006


Huh. I think I prefer #1 to #8. (I did not post #1 by the way - who is this other taz pretender??????)
posted by taz at 1:01 AM on September 30, 2006


*Does interpretive dance in honor of quonsar's birthday. Includes booty shakin'.*
posted by moira at 5:05 PM EST on September 29

I feel compelled to critically comment on this entry:

Nice booty.
posted by paulsc at 12:10 PM on September 30, 2006


Very nice, Divine Wino. You gave me a coughing fit. :>
posted by bim at 2:32 PM on September 30, 2006


As an aside, I saw a personalized plate in Atlanta that had a MeFi user's name on a PT Cruiser near Ga Tech.
posted by Frank Grimes at 6:02 PM on September 30, 2006


Paulsc, did you mean to link to your profile? Am I missing something?
posted by moira at 9:10 PM on September 30, 2006


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