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Charlotte’s bumper stickers: What they mean

I have limited myself to three bumper stickers on my car, Elaine the Elantra: a spider in honor of the University of Richmond Spiders, a Fitness Connection symbol so I don’t get towed from my gym parking lot and a University of Richmond parking sticker from 2011 because I couldn’t peel it off properly and gave up.

I’m pretty passive aggressive behind the wheel. But based on a study from 2008, three bumper stickers might scream “aggressive driver.” The study, conducted by Colorado State University, indicated that drivers with at least one “territory marker” like a bumper sticker “in or on their car were 15 percent more likely to retaliate when they felt their territory had been threatened.”

I love trying to decipher people’s bumper stickers when I’m out driving. I always wonder what a person is trying to say to the world (or at least to the traffic clusterf***) about themselves.

Charlotte drivers, this is how your territory markers speak to me:



Sticker: Dairy Queen Blizzard

What it means: WANT NOW.


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Sticker: Brake for Squatch.

What it means: The mythical Sasquatch is real and he is my friend.


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Sticker: In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.

What it means: I am enlightened. Allow me to enlighten you.


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Sticker: Nobody cares about your stick figure family.

What it means: Nobody cares about your stick figure family.



Sticker: Dog hair, don’t care.

What it means: I do not own a lint roller.



Sticker: I’m not stubborn, my way is just better.

What it means: I will fight you.



Sticker: 0.0.

What it means: I just absolutely, in no way, now or ever, can be bothered to run.



Sticker: Donna the Buffalo.

What it means: I am an enigma.

(Editor’s note: Katie has received word from multiple Twitter followers that Donna the Buffalo is, in fact, a “feel-good, groove-oriented” musical group.)


Sticker: I brake for helicopters.

What it means: I expect a helicopter to nosedive any minute now.



Sticker: Peace, love, yoga.

What it means: Namaste.

Katie Toussaint
Katie Toussaint @katietoussaint