946: Family Decals

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Family Decals
My decal set has no adults, just a sea of hundreds of the little girl figures closing in around a single cat.
Title text: My decal set has no adults, just a sea of hundreds of the little girl figures closing in around a single cat.


Car owners will often put stickers on their back window that represent what their family looks like or what their children do for activities.

The first car bumper sticker features a couple with three children, while the other sticker depicts a couple with large sacks of money. The humor comes from the opportunity cost implied in this — that not having children allows you to avoid the expense of raising them and accumulate money for your own use.

The title text refers to the humorous description of cats as the real masters of their household, and the little girls surrounding the cat refers to their ability to influence humans with their cuteness (as referenced in Cat Proximity).


[Two cars are parked next to each other. The car on the left is an urban SUV and has stickers on the rear window representing a family. From left to right there is an adult male, adult female, female youth, male youth, and young child. The car on the right is a sporty hatch back, it has similar stickers on the rear window, with an adult male and adult female. Instead of the youth and child stickers there is instead a large pile of money.]

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So I can get sacks of money if I sell my children? I need to find a girl who's willing to have loads of kids, fast. Davidy²²[talk] 09:06, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Does anyone know what the title text is referencing? 19:26, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

I don't know, so I did mark it as incomplete. Furthermore I'm sure there must be a pun on that adult pictures, it's much more common to show only the children (often with names) on it.--Dgbrt (talk) 20:01, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
I checked the forum, and could not find a convincing argument either. The theory that in my eyes came closest to an explanation was the attractive power a small kitten can have on little girls. --Chtz (talk) 15:57, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

I actually saw a car that had a guy and bags of money! At the time it made me mad, but I guess he's getting the last laugh! Theo (talk) 20:53, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

This comic explain is still incomplete, the title text is still missing. And what the hell the licence plate of the first car (ICE-IE3) does mean?--Dgbrt (talk) 21:43, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Now, who can identify the cars? --Qwach (talk) 00:30, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

Subaru Outback (https://google.com/search?q=subaru+outback+rear&tbm=isch) and Honda Fit (http://www.carid.com/images/t5i/spoilers/abs231a-honda-fit.jpg). Perhaps the article text about the Ford should be revised accordingly too. 07:04, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

The licence plate from the left car (ICE-L13)—that car belongs to a real family—is a reference to the Michelin tire Michelin X-Ice Xi3, which is claimed to be more safe than other tires are. -- Dgbrt (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

I think this comic implies that with kids, one has to buy a more expensive car to accommodate everyone. This is one of the things that leaves childless couples with more money. Heze (talk) 05:38, 14 April 2016 (UTC)Heze

I saw a car at my local Sam's Club with those exact decals! Can someone tell me where they sell them? I want one. --JayRulesXKCD (talk) 11:39, 16 September 2016 (UTC)