by Art Chantry:
here’s another sweet item i found while we driving through the rural and backwater regions of our lovely state. we stopped for gas at some podunk off-brand station and i found a stack of these “business cards” sitting on top of the pump.
i only took one, but i should have snagged them all.
stuff like this pops my cork in so many ways. to begin with, i think the ideas this anonymous clown is pushing my way are completely INSANE. now, i know that all those PC progressives out there think it’s uncool to say nasty things about the ‘opposition’ (i was a child of the 60′s, too, ya know). but, the climate out there as of late has SO PROMOTED UTTER STUPIDITY that it’s almost become cultish in it’s celebration of complete ignorance. so, i now feel free to express my total condemnation for all arguments i consider utterly STUPID. i’ll just take the ‘heat’ for it – i don’t care any more. AND THIS IS STUPID.
however, i’m thrilled to see that there are still lotsa crazy stupid people out there. i’m convinced that all great culture comes from crazy stupid people originally. when the rest of us decide it’s cool, that’s when it become mainstream pop culture. no two ways about it. i see this crazy stupid bullshit and i feel RELIEVED! the world is still safe for ‘KULTURE!’
the other thing i love about this is that, as crazy and stupid as this is, it’s still sneaky clever. you may wonder WHY the “$20 bill” appearance? this is an old advertising trick that goes way back to the early history of printing and marketing. the idea here is that if you print up something that looks like money and then just ‘toss it’ on the sidewalk, people will automatically pick it up! some folks will stuff it in their pockets with out even looking at it – in the hope that the real owner doesn’t catch them grabbing it. it’s only later they see it’s a fake when they actually read the diatribe printed on it.
this idea has been used for so long to pimp prostitutes and advertise call girls and even get out “the word from jesus” in places like las vegas, that people in those cities don’t even pick this stuff up when it’s REAL MONEY somebody actually dropped. i have dozens of these “hooker cards” that look like a folded ten or twenty. you have to be a real good printer to get this trick to work any more in more sophisticated places that are used to this trick. and if you are that good, why not print up some actual money to spend? see the problem?
so, this is a classic piece of america underclass kulture that is so widespread and commonplace that it even reaches the remote wooded gene pools of washington state biker country. the funny thing is – it doesn’t even work THERE. the white trash folks have seen that trick all their lives. none of the locals had grabbed that stack on the gas pump (it was even a little dusty on top. i grabbed one two or three down in the stack). they knew what it was at a glance. it took a city slicker middle class yuppie twit like me to fall for it.
so, who’s the rube here?