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Do You Put Stickers on Your Car?


Car Sticker Lover Vs. Car Sticker Hater?

StickerGiant has been in the sticker manufacturing business for a long time, which seems to make us more interested in where sticker enthusiasts place their product.  We've recently noticed a high number of collectors in the area driving around in cars plastered with more than your average amount of bumper stickers and thought it might be interesting to weigh in on this phenomena.

Though many of us are sticker lovers, not everyone agrees about the appropriate places to adhere stickers, especially those who have ever toiled with the painstaking process of removing them.  On the other hand, sticker removal is something that the makers of Goo Gone probably appreciate.

This week a self proclaimed anti-sticker advocate explained to us that bumper stickers are not only a pain to remove, they also lower resale value on vehicles. This person made a fair argument, so we set out to see if we could find solutions to this problem and to seek an opinion from the public.

We know that some people do not appreciate when car owners place stickers on their vehicles, while others see it as personality defining. Where do you fall on the sticker loving scale? Have you found solutions that enable you to live in both worlds?

Comment below and let us know why you are a Car Sticker Lover or a Car Sticker Hater:

Below find a sweet video we found from @Drawthebase on How to Remove Car Decals:

The Wallingford Beast Sticks Around

I Saw the Wallingford Beast Bumpersticker

We were shocked to learn that a strange six-legged creature resides at 1300 North 45th Street, in Seattle, Washington.

Only the most tuned in Seattleites know that the humble storefront,  a.k.a. the Archie McPhee store, is the humble abode of the Wallingford Beast ... but the word is leaking out. Hep cats and kittens aren't just adorning their bumpers with a mobile tribute to the adorable critter ... they're wearing t-shirts, carrying shopping bags, and sending out postcards. Soon all the world will know ...

Did the Wallinford Beast show his ugly head in this video? You Make the Call!

So what's Archie McPhee all about?

Prepare for a cranial explosion my friends. This is one of the coolest stores in the universe. A merchant devoted to the sharing of mirth and merriment that can only be found in the finest molded plastic and rubber.

Remember the Minkman Brothers from Saturday Night Live (SNL), back in the day?

Irv and Al would give Archie McPhee their seal of approval ...

Which brings us to today's terrific trivia question.

Q: The Minkman Brothers 60 Minutes segment was a high point in SNL's history. Who played Al Minkman? Was it ...

  • John Belushi

  • John Lovitz

  • Joe Piscopo

  • Billy Crystal

  • Adam Sandler

A. Billy Crystal

Matrix Robotics

Coming soon to a basement workshop near you: A fully programmable, LEGO-integrated robot of your own crafting, courtesy of MATRIX Robotics.
MATRIX Robotics was created in 2011 by a group of experienced robotics enthusiasts who have spent the past 15 years working and playing with robots. The people at MATRIX set out to design the robotics system they’ve always wanted and the result was the MATRIX Robotics System; a high quality, affordable, 3D build system. The people at MATRIX Robotics created this innovative system because they believe that hands on robotics is a great way to learn science, technology, engineering and math and are committed to making robotics accessible to more students worldwide. MATRIX products can be purchased through local distributors.

Sweet! Word is, the goods are coming out later this year. We can hardly wait! Can't you just imagine all the kids who will build a robot just to tease their sister, brother, cat, or dog? Simultaneously? Next thing you know, we've got robots everywhere. In the kitchen. At Burning Man. Yep, even in the litter box. Not even the dance floors of our fair country will be safe.

NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO)

If it's hard to get to, nearly impossible to exist in, and super-cool to look at—not to mention 62 feet under the sea—then NEEMO is there! No, not the cute fish from the movies.  We're talking NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) which is essentially outer space, under water.
NEEMO — the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations project — is a NASA analog mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research station, for up to three weeks at a time. The Aquarius habitat and its surroundings provide a convincing analog for space exploration. Much like space, the undersea world is a hostile, alien place for humans to live. NEEMO crew members, known as aquanauts, experience some of the same challenges there that they would on a distant asteroid, planet or moon. During NEEMO missions, the aquanauts are able to simulate living on a spacecraft and test spacewalk techniques for future space missions. Working in space and underwater environments requires extensive planning and sophisticated equipment. The underwater condition has the additional benefit of allowing NASA to "weight" the aquanauts to simulate different gravity environments.

Aquanauts! We love having a cool new career to aspire to. In true bureaucratic/alphabet-soup fashion, Aquarius is owned by NOAA, managed by UNCW, and used by NASA.

Dedicated StickerGiant fans won't be surprised by our love of NASA. We're more than a little smitten by astronauts in general (and now aquanauts). But we're completely dazzled by the organization's enthusiasm to tell their story, as evidenced by their embrace of social media. Um, and their blogger is named Dr. Love. Who says scientists don't have a sense of humor?

Yuri's Night

Tonight's the night, Yuri. It's going to be alright. Of course we're talking about Yuri Gagarin, the telegenic, barrier-busting cosmonaut who launched a cultural fascination with space. What better way to honor his legacy that to throw a world-wide party?

Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle. Yuri’s Night events combine space-themed partying with education and outreach. These  events can range from an all-night mix of techno and technology at a NASA Center, to a movie showing and stargazing at your local college, to a gathering of friends at a bar or barbecue. In 2011, the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, over 100,000 people attended 567 officially-recognized events in 75 countries on all 7 continents, while thousands more watched the 12-hour live Yuri’s Night Global Webcast and participated online in the virtual world of Second Life.

Sounds like a good time! No word how many extraterrestrial revelers were in attendance, but there was that unexplained group mind probe late in the night. Perhaps someone spiked the punchbowl.

What? You don't believe? Well, lots of people do. And they're organized. Hard to dismiss so many people who claim to have seen that which cannot be defined. Still a doubter? Clearly someone hasn't been watching enough reruns of The X-Files. Come for the aliens, stay for Fox Mulder.


Antarctic Trail Crew

Every so often we make stickers for people who do extreme activities...because they want to. Like swimming for miles or jumping out of airplanes or trying to change the world. And every time, we marvel at their bravery, wonder a little bit at their sanity, and usually feel just a bit oafish in comparison to such hardy souls.

And then there's today's sticker. From what we can gather, the Antarctic Trail Crew are an annual bunch of volunteers who groom the trails on Ross Island in Antarctica. Yes, that Antarctica. You know, that place covered in ice that doesn't see a sunrise for 6 months in a row. THE COLDEST PLACE ON EARTH. Too cold for penguins, some of the time. The place that refers to ice with a capital I.

We bow down in Trail Crew kids are truly some kind of superhero tough wingnuts!

Here's a glimpse at the research bases that allow hundreds of scientists to do research and whatnot on The Ice. Surely it's not for everyone, but it could be pretty cool, right? You know they get up to some crazy good times down there.