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post #16 of 75
George Carlin is that you?
post #17 of 75
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Originally Posted by mbriant View Post
"Lawyer on board" would probably be more effective.
You really need to patent that if it hasn't already been done - seriously - make a buck while you can.

If I am screaming around corners sideways in the wet and I chance upon such a vehicle I would slow right down and do all I can to ensure the safety of this child. I really would - I dunno, I guess I'm old fashioned.
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Thread Starter 
Some of the worst drivers have these things.. I'm thinking.. You have a baby on board & drive like a maniac??
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I've been told (hearsay alert) that they're meant as a heads-up to rescue workers if the vehicle has an accident - meaning roughly "check any nearby hedges and ditches for babies which might have been thrown through the windscreen".
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The original (and intended) meaning of the signs was actually subtly different. The idea being that in the event of a crash, if the bodywork of the car was mangled, then a very small child may become lost in (or thrown from) the wreckage, and if all involved were incapacitated, that child would not be looked for and not found.

A handy piece of plastic on a rear window would be much less likely to get hidden in that way, and thus be a warning to any emergency service personnel.

Unfortunately, this has been hijacked by idiots, with any number of variant "*ludicrous animate or inanimate object* on board" signs, and its value is of course lost.

Handily, the amount of associated detritus that seems to fill the cars of anybody also carrying a baby manages to fill this void, and the point becomes somewhat moot.

Those '*moron* on board' signs are an odd personal bug-bear of mine, and I really don't know why I find them so annoying.

EDIT: Thanks Henry, beating me as I ranted.
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Originally Posted by Henry Flower View Post
I've been told (hearsay alert) that they're meant as a heads-up to rescue workers if the vehicle has an accident - meaning roughly "check any nearby hedges and ditches for babies which might have been thrown through the windscreen".
It is true. The reason why they are not used so much is the introduction of child seats and seat belt laws. The child stays in the car. They were very relevant when kids (and I was one) could slide about on the back seat, squabble and stand up in the middle to talk to your parents.
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It is true. The reason why they are not used so much is the introduction of child seats and seat belt laws. The child stays in the car. They were very relevant when kids (and I was one) could slide about on the back seat, squabble and stand up in the middle to talk to your parents.
Oh I remember those days. I also remember riding in open vans and trying to "car surf." Oh for those dangerous old days.
post #23 of 75
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Originally Posted by kool bubba ice View Post
Some of the worst drivers have these things.. I'm thinking.. You have a baby on board & drive like a maniac??
No I do not. I mean "If" I was driving like a maniac and came up to a car with this sign, I would slow right down so to avoid what might happen in the below statement.

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Originally Posted by Henry Flower View Post
I've been told (hearsay alert) that they're meant as a heads-up to rescue workers if the vehicle has an accident - meaning roughly "check any nearby hedges and ditches for babies which might have been thrown through the windscreen".

Really. I thought you were joking and laughed, then I realised this was serious and now I feel sick and ashamed, that I did laugh.
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I thought you were joking and laughed, then I realised this was serious and now I feel sick and ashamed, that I did laugh.
My work is done.
post #25 of 75
Yeah, the probably think so. Not sure if it makes a difference though..
post #26 of 75
on board?
post #27 of 75
In my book the sign equates to "Look at my kids!"
post #28 of 75
In my book, it means I despise their presence.
post #29 of 75
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Originally Posted by virometal View Post
Heh yeah, if there is one rule to life, it's that people will talk about and draw attention to their kids to the point of everyone's complete boredom and apathy.
As a father, I totally agree. I do not bring up my kids every other sentence, because I do not want to hear about others' kids every other sentence. Mine are the center of my world, not everyone else's.

Edit: Damn, I just brought up my kids
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In my book, it means I despise their presence.
You hate children?
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