Picking on Hummers and their drivers is almost too easy. Like stealing candy from a baby. Or using banal clichés when you run out of witty analogies.
But it’s so fun, how can I very well resist? Car dependency in the U.S. is out of hand. Driving an impractical, ostentatious, oversized, absolutely stupid vehicle is just at the extreme end of this car-is-king mentality. And who ever thought naming a car “Hummer” would sell cars. I mean, don’t they get the joke?
Focusing more attention on the dying breed that is Hummer is like kicking a car when its tires are flat. So without further ado, here are some well-placed kicks I think you’ll enjoy:
The premise of this site is simple. Photographs of people giving the international Hummer-salute to the parked, driving, or idling vehicles they come across in their lives. I found this site to be much more engaging and entertaining than I would have imagined. And there are something like FOUR THOUSAND photos on the site!
For better or worse, the world never ceases to amaze me. The worse: Hummer Cologne and H2 Cologne exist. The tagline: "the smooth richness of tonka bean acts as the ‘axle’ that links and balances the fresh and warm notes, creating an olfactory sensation that can only be Hummer™." The better: Mark Mumford’s article on the topic. One of the funniest things I’ve read in years! An excerpt:
All of which begs the obvious, painful question: Who, pray who, is buying this stuff? And perhaps more importantly, what peroxided, pneumatic woman is attracted to it? Who in their right mind looks at Hummer cologne and says whoa, dude, a scent based on a hulking low-grade environmentally devastating gas-sucking oil-belching horribly designed vehicle that just screams, "I don’t give a damn about anything or anyone and by the way screw the baby seals too." That is exactly how I want to smell.
And finally this fantastic video clip of the Hummer in action, off-roading as it was intended. Well, not quite.
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