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| title    = My Other Car
 
| title    = My Other Car
 
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| titletext = It's much better than the other one.
 
| titletext = It's much better than the other one.
 
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==Explanation==
 
==Explanation==
This comic refers to a popular form of {{w|bumper sticker}} that follows the template "my other car is a ____". Sometimes the blank is a fancy vehicle like a {{w|Porsche}} or a {{w|Ferrari}}; sometimes it's an even more expensive form of transportation like a "{{w|yacht}}" or "{{w|private jet}}", or even something in fiction (like a "{{w|TARDIS}}").
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This comic references a popular form of {{w|bumper sticker}} (adhesive stickers which are usually short and wide and are designed to be put on the rear bumper of a car so that those following the car in traffic can read them) which says "my other car is a ____". Sometimes the blank is a fancy car like a Porsche or a Ferrari; sometimes it's an even more expensive transportation like "yacht" or "private jet".
  
The premise was to jokingly imply that someone driving in a less fancy vehicle was wealthier than they looked, as they could afford a fancy car (they simply chose to drive the clunker that day). The designer of the first stickers might even have intended them for serious use by wealthy drivers. The form of sticker ultimately became so well known that the phrase entered the pop-culture lexicon.
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I don't know what the first of this type of sticker said, but the premise was to jokingly imply that someone driving in a less fancy vehicle was wealthier than they looked, as they could afford fancy car (they simply chose to drive the clunker that day). The designer of the first stickers might even have intended them for serious use by wealthy drivers. The form of sticker ultimately became so well-known that the phrase entered the pop-culture lexicon.
  
Due to their popularity, these stickers also have been parodied in various ways, like the one [[Randall Munroe|Randall]] has invented here. Randall's sticker is a more "honest" sticker that admits "this IS my other car"; in other words, this is the nicer of the two cars.
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Since their popularity, there have also become parody bumper stickers like the one [[Randall Munroe|Randall]] has invented here. Randall's sticker is a more "honest" sticker which admits "this IS my other car"; in other words, this is the nicer of my cars.  
  
This sticker could probably be used on an expensive car to mirror the traditional sticker's use on a cheaper car. However, the car in the strip is a Mitsubishi, which is not a particularly expensive brand. Thus it appears that Randall is using the sticker for contrasting purposes: while others would drive a modest car but joke that they have a really nice one at home, Randall's car is modest, and, as he noted in the title text, his other one is much worse than this one.
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This sticker could probably be used on an expensive car to mirror the traditional sticker's use on a cheaper car. However, the car in the strip is a Mitsubishi, which is not a particularly expensive brand. Thus it appears Randall is using the sticker for contrasting purposes: while others would drive a modest car but joke that they have a really nice car at home, Randall's car is modest and he is basically admitting his other car is even worse than this one.
 
 
It's also possible that this is a play on meta-levels; by definition, the car that you're driving can't be your other car, as it's this.
 
  
 
==Transcript==
 
==Transcript==
:[The back of a blue Mitsubishi with a spoiler is shown.]
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:[A blue driving Mitsubishi with spoiler]
 
:Bumper sticker: This IS my other car.
 
:Bumper sticker: This IS my other car.
  
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