Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The elusive equal sign sticker

So let me tell you about something that has been a bit of an obsession for me over the past 6-8 months. I have seen this sticker on cars that has no words on it, just a symbol and I've been trying to figure out what it means. I have tried numerous times to find mention of it on the web (don't get me started on how the "Internet as an information source" has failed me yet again) to no avail and I haven't found a person who could help me either.

I've given up and I'm asking you guys to help me out. The sticker is a simple one. It's a yellow equals sign "=" on a dark blue square. That's it.

Today I came close to a breakthrough. I'm driving along and low and behold I see the sticker on a car in front of me except this one has writing below it. I needed to get closer so I could read it. The problem was that I had decided previously to let a car in ahead of me. I had to let the guy in and of course I lost sight of the car in front and the sticker mystery continued.

That is until about 2 minutes later when I found myself behind a car with an anti-bush sticker. I of course raced up to check it out. It said quite simply "George W. Bush, you're fired!". The interesting part is that at the bottom there was a tiny yellow equals sign on a blue square attached!

Ahaa! I exclaimed.. Mystery solved... it's simply an anti-Bush sticker of some kind. Of course when I got home I started looking for anti-bush bumber sticker sites. I actually found a huge one here (along with a number of other great stickers for the anti-red state cause). Who knew that there were so many anti-bush stickers?

Of course, I couldn't find any image that was even close to the equal sign. Perhaps they borrowed the image from some other movement for their anti-bush sticker? Perhaps it means something else like anti-war? You got me.. I still can't find this damn image anywhere..

This is really frusterating. On the one hand, I love that there is a symbol out there that means something and the popular culture machine hasn't gotten a hold of it, yet on the other hand I hate that there is something cool out there that I can't participate in before it gets subverted by the popular culture machine.

Well, I guess I'll just keep on wondering. Have a happy holiday everyone, I'm gone for a while.

15 comments:

Yael said...

Behold, the power of google: http://www.hrc.org/

Ohana said...

I have always wondered the same thing?

trace said...

Nice work Yael.. you must be a better searcher than I am since I searched google a number of times.. It all goes back to my argument about search engines, you can only find what you want if you know exactly what you are looking for and that's just not good enough...

In either case, thank you!

Lingo Slinger said...

I figured it was some type of human rights equality type thing...

Anonymous said...

It's some gay / lesbian group ostensibly using the phrase "human rights." That's tantamount to calling illegal aliens "undocumented workers." Blue [=] is same as rainbow.

trace said...

Who better needs a movement to protect them than gays and lesbians? The government is trying depserately to make them the first legaly sanctioned discriminated minority group of the 21st Century. I've donated to them.. have you?

Anonymous said...

I myself came across one today and NEEDED to find out what it meant due to a long time family question. I now have an idea about what it means and an answer to our long time question- yes, the = means a rainbow as well...

Anonymous said...

It's the tatoo on Chris Martin's hand...from coldplay

Anonymous said...

Try this one out for size guys: http://www.hrc.org. This should answer all of your questions. Although some in the group are not fans of the President, it essentially has nothing to do with that.

Anonymous said...

'equal rights' does NOT mean 'special rights'.

And they're not the first group to be 'legally discriminated against'. The Government's own employment age/mandatory retirement policies is the BIGGEST discrimination in the country, and could potentially affect all of us.

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Anonymous said...

Human Rights Campaign is the largest and most respected nonprofit LGBTQ advocacy organization in the U.S. and they work to provide equal rights for everyone not just the LGBTQ community.The Equality sticker is a way of showing your support for Equality and full protection under the law for all people regardless of sexual orientation/gender identity.

Anonymous said...

To those talking about "special rights" - you need to re-read what you are saying...no one wants special rights, just equal...Please do some research and don't post out of complete ignorance...

Anonymous said...

I actually just asked a guy what the sticker in his back window meant and he said "equality". Mystery solved.

Anonymous said...

I have been wondering the same thing....and what first comes to mind is if it is really this hard to figure out what the sticker and symbol means, then how is it suppose to raise awareness for anything if there is no message or info attached to it?