There is a landscaping truck that operates near my neighborhood that has a very, very faded Elmo tied on top of its cab. I wonder how long it's been there.
Is this unusual in the US?
Here in the UK there isn't a dustcart (en-us: trash can emptying truck) that doesn't have a row of old cuddly toys tied to the radiator grille. It's where old Tellytubbies go to die.
For a very rough estimate, between Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Boston, I've seen less than 1 in 100 service trucks, probably lower, with stuffed animals on them. I don't remember ever seeing them in MN, but I've noticed them since I moved out East.
Maybe it's an American Manliness thing?
NYT article on the topic. Bug Me Not, if you need it.
I already sold my soul to NYT, but it looks like you need a separate thing for archive access.
You missed one in the Philly area. Harry Brown's truck (picks up bulky items behind my place, does garbage for some businesses) has a massive stuffed animal atop the cab. He's gone through two, maybe three in the time I've been here.
never seen anything tied to the radiator grilles of German garbage trucks.
"Come Mr. Talisman, talis me banana."
the picture didn't come up first, and my brain read "Taliban Against Workplace Injury".. and I thought WTF? That'd be pretty difficult to enforce for those suicide bombers/pilots/whatever...
that's only your german indoctrinated-by-bild-zeitung selective perception.
Yet another downside of the German Unification.