Your irony for the day

Murdoc reports on how a man was pulled over for his “Don’t Tread On Me” bumper sticker. There’s a bit of doubt cast over the story, but given the antics going on these days it sadly doesn’t seem impossible to happen.

Regardless, one thing I found cool was learning the significance of the rattlesnake:

The commentator wrote, “The bumper sticker is based on the famous flag designed by American Revolution era general and statesman Christopher Gadsden. The yellow flag featured a coiled diamondback rattlesnake ready to strike, with the slogan ‘Don’t Tread on Me!’ underneath it. Benjamin Franklin helped make the rattlesnake a symbol of Americans’ reluctance to quarrel but vigilance and resolve in defense of their rights. By 1775 when Gadsden presented his flag to the commander-in-chief of the Navy, the rattlesnake was a symbol of the colonies and of their need to unite in defense of threats to their God-given and inherited rights.”

Updated: Xavier casts even more doubt on the story. Who knows the truth.

2 thoughts on “Your irony for the day

  1. Very cool segment on the rattlesnake. After I heard about this incident of being pulled over the for “Don’t Tread on Me” bumper sticker, I remember thinking it would be prudent for everyone to have this type of sticker. They’d be pulling over a lot less people that way…

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