Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Keep Calm and Chive On

We were driving around town one day when we saw a large redneck-style truck with this sticker on the back window:



An odd thing to see on the back of a big truck. Was the driver just a big fan of loaded baked potatoes?



Or maybe it's some new dance?



So, of course, I used my smartphone to look it up.

And you can imagine my surprise when I learned what it meant.



The saying refers to TheChive.com, some sort of photo site. When I typed in "What does 'Keep Calm and Chive On' mean?" this is what came back:




In case you missed it, that's a worship of:


  • Bill Murray
  • Pictures of cats
  • Soft pornography

An odd mix of items, no?


So in case you ever see a bumper sticker on the back of a car telling you to "chive on," now you know.



What's the strangest bumper sticker you've ever seen?

60 comments:

  1. I guess I shouldn't be shocked that a group actually advertises that it kind of worships soft pornography...but I am (shocked)!

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    1. And cats and Bill Murray...weird. I guess they're going for "quirky!"

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  2. I hope those three things aren't combined. That's illegal I at least forty-eight states.
    Somewhere I still have a bumper sticker from twenty years ago that says Picard-Riker in 1996 - Make it so! (No, it did not go on my car. I don't deface sports cars like that.)

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    1. I don't think I've ever had a bumper sticker on my car. I did have a window sticker in college--that thing was a pain to get off the window!

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  3. that is darn wacky. I can't think of a bumper sticker to top that one

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    1. I've seen some interesting ones. The ones that tell people to back off ("If you can read this, you're too close," etc.) are my favorites.

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  4. I don't know if I'd call this strange exactly, but the most memorable bumper sticker I've seen said: "Don't mess with Dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." Sound advice! ;-)

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  5. Yup...I would have thought he loved chives not an image of Bill Murray getting it on with cats in some soft porn film. That is one disturbing combo. I can't think of a strange bumper sticker although I am sick of seeing the Baby on board ones.

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    1. I haven't seen one of those in a while but I remember when they first came out in the 80s--a guy in my speech class did a whole diatribe about it as part of some "pet peeves" speech we had to do. I don't even remember what my pet peeve was!

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  6. For real? Well, that's...interesting. I bet Bill is flattered...if he knows about it. Around here I mostly see Disney stickers. I should really start snapping pictures of them because some are really creative.

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    1. For some reason, I want to say Bill does know about it. I read up on it right after I saw the sticker but now I can't remember how I know that!

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  7. At first I imagined a group of rednecks who like to cosplay as very proper British men with monocles and such, but now I realize I was confusing Chive with the name Clive (which must sound extremely proper and British to me?). Turns out the truth is even more bizarre.
    I can't remember any weird bumper stickers, but you know those stick figure family window stickers? I saw one with zombies - mommy, daddy, kids, I think maybe a dog? - eating disembodied stick figure limbs, and underneath it said "My family ate your family."

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    1. Actually, I think your first imagining was more what I was thinking!

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  8. Very weird. I would not have known what "chive" meant in this case. I might not have thought that it was a reference to sour cream and chives, or maybe I would have--whatever my train of thought would have been at the moment. Or maybe I would have guessed "chive" was a new dance or something. The fact that it refers to soft-porn worship would never be obvious.

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    1. That's what we were SO lost about. I couldn't imagine someone having an enthusiasm for chives!

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  9. Crazy stuff. I loved your google chuckle :) The 'Keep Calm' statements are quite big in the UK - not so much on car stickers but on mugs and badges. I don't think I'll be doing any 'chiving on' :) Great post, Stephanie.

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    1. Yes, they came from the UK, didn't they? Seem I saw something on that...

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  10. I'm sure I've seen strange bumper stickers, but my brain isn't working so well this morning. Coffee hasn't kicked in yet, I guess.

    I've never put bumper stickers on my cars, but I do have magnets on the back of my Xterra. Steelers, Ohio State, and Penguins (hockey, not bird). I do love my magnets!

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    1. I've thought about putting a magnet for my book on the back...not sure if it would do any good, though! I doubt anyone has ever bought a book after seeing it on a car, although I did once see a minivan that had an author's name and website on it.

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  11. The bumper stickers I hate are the ones that say "My kid can beat up your honor roll student." How stupid is that?

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    1. Yeah, that doesn't send a very good message. Bullying is not a good thing...

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  12. That's a new one for me. I haven't ever seen it but usually pay little attention to stickers on cars. Interesting. Now I'll be watching for it.

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    1. I only do when stuck behind one at a traffic light.

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  13. Ha! That's so funny. I'm a fan of Bill Murray! I see a lot of weird bumpers stickers. I saw one on the weekend that said: Zombie Defense Vehicle!

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    1. That's hilarious! I've seen the stick people in the back window that are zombies.

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  14. I'd not heard of this until right now. Now I know and I'll be on the lookout.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. That's the only time I've seen it...I think primarily people wear it on their shirts.

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  15. That's an interesting combination of things. o.O

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  16. Years ago (the early 1970s), before I even owned a car, I had a bumper sticker that said "Majority Not Silent. Government's Deaf!"

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  17. There are some I see with just a few letters and a numbers that I can never figure out. Nothing too strange.

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  18. Ooh, a jacket potato. Preferably without chives, delicious.

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  19. That is sure some major bumper stickers on that SUV!! I had never seen the Chive On saying. I've seen some funny bumper stickers but can't recall them right now. The last bumper sticker I saw I thought was funny: "Walt Longmire for President" (Walt Longmire from the TV show Longmire) -- have you ever seen this show? It's a great program so I thought the bumper sticker was very cool.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  20. An amusing post, Stephanie! Though the thought of Bill Murray having a cult following is a bit disturbing;-)
    "Dyslexics are teople poo,"

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  21. I think it's really more a guy thing for the porn crap because I went on once, yawned, and never went back.

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  22. Much to my horror and surprise, apparently I don't get out enough. This one caught me totally off guard and I have NEVER seen the "chive on" thing, lol.

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  23. Well okay... I would never have gone there in my mind and would have been picturing someone into herbs and spices, too.

    I got a used car once with a gymnastics' sticker on the bumper. It was fun for two reasons. I have no sense of balance so the idea of me doing gymnastics is hilarious. Secondly, the car was a popular make, model, and color and that sticker saved me finding my own car many times when I would almost go to the wrong car or when there were several parked near each other.

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  24. Finally! I've been wondering what that Bill Murray bumper sticker was about! I feel enlightened now...

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  25. Now I'm scared of a world without Google! How did we survive before it?

    There was a bumper sticker that cracked me up years ago, but I can't remember it now. :(

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  26. Wow...that is strange! I never look at bumper stickers! I guess I should!

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  27. That is a very strange mix of interests! I've seen multiple "If you can read this, you are getting too close" variations on bumper stickers.

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  28. That must refer back to some Bill Murray movie, then. I just can't think where all three are combined.

    I see lots of bumper stickers. I don't retain them.

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  29. Chive on? My guess would have been "driving with your mouth full". Kind of like "knock, knock" - "who's there?" - "Orange" - "Orange who?" "Orange you hungry yet?"
    I like bumper stickers and stick figure families - makes spending time in traffic jam entertaining. My favorite is "I'm not spoiled - just well taken care of!"

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  30. This is the oddest thing I have ever heard of! And what do chives have to do with anything??? LOL
    ~Katie
    TheCyborgMom

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  31. What a strange mix. Dibs on cats!

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  32. I immediately thought of food and now I'm craving a jacket potato! (I'm so open to suggestions)

    Unusual find!

    Mars xx

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  33. Totally enjoyed your play of words and pictures. :) Especially love the pic about google being deleted.. lol. I love bumper stickers are primarily stuck on for everyone else's entertainment.... :)

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  34. Wow.... love that "new dance"

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  35. I saw a Jeep with apparent signs of off road adventures (covered in dried mud). It had a bumper sticker printed upside down, so it took me a moment to figure it out. "If you can read this, flip me over."

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  36. Um ..... I'm trying not to picture Bill Murray in soft pornography with cats now. Thanks for putting THAT picture in my head, lol.

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  37. pics of loaded baked potatoes is like soft porn to me, so I think I can see the correlation.

    Mary
    Jingle Jangle Jungle

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  38. I've been meaning to google this! haha, good to know :)

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  39. My sister was telling me about that website. Her husband likewise bought a T-shirt there I guess.
    My friend and I find all the dog related bumper stickers odd. The dumbest one I saw was the following.
    "I (picture of a bone) my dog."
    Ummmmm, okay.....
    Perhaps I should send that bumper sticker to the Chive and see if they get a kick out of it.

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  40. Lol, what a combination! I didn't know about the Chive.

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  41. What an interesting combination...would would've thought! I see interesting bumper stickers quite a bit here in the Bay Area.

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  42. Not so much a bumper sticker as more of a tail-gate sticker. It was basically a rant against the US, Bush I and the way Native Americans (aka Indians) were being treated. I first saw this stick back in the mid 90's.

    In the mid 80's, I saw one that said, "Hitler is the perfect example of why there should be abortion."

    Father Nature's Corner

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