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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Umm… I Don’t Get It

posted by on March 27 at 14:50 PM

I saw this in Ballard this week…


(The text, if you can’t read it due to the crappy cell phone camera quality, says “Never ForgetTM.”)

Can anyone enlighten me?

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No clue. Bet it's dumb, though.

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 27, 2008 2:53 PM

It's the twin towers inside of an evergreen car freshener. Do I have to spell it out for you?

Posted by heywhatsit | March 27, 2008 2:55 PM

"Find one in every car. You'll see..."

Posted by DOUG. | March 27, 2008 2:57 PM

everything is equally sideways inside lebanon.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | March 27, 2008 2:57 PM

is it a reference to chintzy crap memorials to 9/11?

Posted by vooodooo84 | March 27, 2008 3:01 PM

Told you it would be dumb. Sigh. I fucking rule.

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 27, 2008 3:07 PM

oh yeah, you can get these at wallgreens next to the yellow ribbon magnets.

Posted by orangekrush | March 27, 2008 3:11 PM

looks like one of those car freshner things you get at the carwash. in that case, no. i will never forget.

Posted by Emily | March 27, 2008 3:14 PM

Whether or not you see a tree or a man and a woman kissing determines your credit score.

Posted by pox | March 27, 2008 3:19 PM


Or more likely a comment on the gross, rampant commercialization of 9/11...

Posted by COMTE | March 27, 2008 3:29 PM

Oh, I thought it was an ad by the Arbor Day Society ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 3:33 PM

Do they really sell 9/11 air fresheners... tacky.

Posted by Dawgson | March 27, 2008 3:35 PM

A memorial to millions of dead Christmas trees?

Posted by Paul In SF | March 27, 2008 3:49 PM

Perhaps the money spent on evergreen air fresheners somehow goes to funding terrorists? You know, like pot.

Posted by Some guy in LA | March 27, 2008 3:49 PM

Plate of shrimp.

Posted by lets have a war | March 27, 2008 3:50 PM

Pine eleven?

Posted by Jez | March 27, 2008 3:52 PM

This is a joke right?
Only 2 people see that as the twin towers so far? Jeez!

Posted by Aaron | March 27, 2008 3:55 PM


Posted by skye | March 27, 2008 4:01 PM

Hmm... a Christmas tree, an HRC-type equality logo, and "never forget".

It's an appeal against the senseless slaughter of pine trees at Christmas. Morally equivalent to the holocaust, to those who have broken free from their speciesism.

Umm... do they start to grow back at Easter.

Posted by eclexia | March 27, 2008 4:02 PM

It's something about the War on Christmas ... but is it pro or con?

Posted by RonK, Seattle | March 27, 2008 4:07 PM

@14 - since they're made in China, it definitely goes to surpressing Tibetans ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 4:16 PM

@16 The instant I saw it I thought "Pine 9/11". Maybe people are trying out their T-Shirt ideas before committing to the screen-printing...

Posted by Damien | March 27, 2008 4:25 PM

I'm with Comte. It definitely looks to me like the flyer is poking fun at use of the "never forget" slogan and WTC towers imagery for sales of various things (invasion of Iraq, sontinued occupation of Iraq, erosion of civil liberties, suspension of habeas corpus, warrantless spying on Americans, torture, secret prisons, shoe-bomber checks, no big shampoo bottles on airlines, militarization of local police, etc.).

Posted by Phil M | March 27, 2008 4:35 PM

Naw, it's about oil. The car air freshener for the oil-sucking SUVs. Oil money funded the attack on the twin towers. Greed for more oil money pushed us into Iraq. Yada, yada, yada...

Posted by Y.F. | March 27, 2008 5:02 PM

From the HRC logo and 'Never forget', I immediately assumed it was referencing their betrayal of the T in GLBT last year... but I really don't know how the air freshener would tie into all that.

Posted by gfish | March 27, 2008 5:09 PM

My guess? If that mark above the first bar is just a blemish and not part of the printing, then it's not towers, but a pause symbol. Stop and remember what nature is like, before all that's left is artificial stuff.

Posted by Bont | March 27, 2008 5:28 PM

I was surprised that everyone automatically assumed the bars represented the twin towers, because they look like candles to me. You can see the first one is a lit candle, the second is unlit. Though why two candles are inside a car freshener is beyond me. Yeah, the ideas above make more sense, but like I said, one of the candles is lit (note the weird little mark above the first one), which rules out any direct HRC or 9/11 comparison, in my opinion.

Posted by Annon | March 27, 2008 5:42 PM

the mark on top of the left tower is the radio mast that was on one of the WTC towers.


And also:

Ask him, whydoncha

And may I say, get some Google-fu, people. Geez.

Posted by mike | March 27, 2008 5:51 PM

Oh, I thought it was 9/11 truth movement hacks making a statement about how they have to keep covering up the truth at 9/11 (the air freshener).

Posted by Morgan | March 27, 2008 6:25 PM

I love the way everyone is like, "it looks like a car air freshener"

Motherfucking DUH.

I bet some moody cornish student made it. All I saw was a "hip" looking sticker trying to be moody AND sell.

But I like "Pine/11" the best.

Posted by catnextdoor | March 27, 2008 6:59 PM

The tree represents Cascadia.

Posted by Citizen Gregg | March 27, 2008 8:28 PM

It's from "Anonymous"; it's part of "Project Chanology".

Posted by Bricology | March 28, 2008 1:47 AM

It has something to do(I gather)with treaties or understandings with native americans that have been disregarded or with gays or something...(I am kind of drunk right now).Anyhow,Mike's got it right @28.Probably.Sort of.Good night.

Posted by lawrence clark | March 28, 2008 3:30 AM

If those are candles those are the lamest candles to ever grace a vinyl sticker that also depicts an air freshener.

Someone says "plate" or "shrimp" or "plate of shrimp". Don't look for an explanation.

Posted by Dylan McDermott | March 28, 2008 9:07 AM

I can't believe people DIDN'T see the Twin Towers. "Never Forget?" Duh?

Pine 11 though... that's kind of amazing.

I lived in New York then. I get a free pass to joke about it now.

Posted by Dawgson | March 28, 2008 3:43 PM

you get a free pass for shit

Posted by Huh Huhster | March 28, 2008 7:55 PM

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