Monday, September 24, 2007
Make It Up Like a Uhaul Truck
so i was walking to work the other day and i saw something that reminded me of a blog post i never ended up doing, but now that i'm in the mood for blog posts why dont we make up for past regrets. many or few of you may have seen the art that has appeared on the side of uhaul trucks since 1999. the idea is basically that there is a different illustration for every state (and a few provinces/territories), highlighting the most interesting thing about that location. oftentimes, they are predictably boring, like a picture of a crab or mountains or this:
but every once in a while, you see a crazy one. the other day, i happened upon a truck with the illustration for arkansas. i guess they were worried that arkansas wasn't spectacular enough to just show a picture of the state or something, so they tried to spice it up. now i've never been to arkansas, but i think they may have gone overboard. either that or arkansas is by far the most awesome place on the planet. i'm not even going to try to describe the picture to you. it looked like this:
if i visited arkansas and found that it did not, in fact, look like the sweetest trapper keeper i could have imagined, i would be seriously disappointed. i decided to do some research. i came upon a uhaul website which had way too much information on what i was looking for, including pictures of all the illustrations. here are a few of my personal favorites...
oklahoma: the rainbow laser state
iowa: the apocalypse/graphing calculator state
colorado: the alternate dimension ball of lava state
nevada: the video game state
illinois: the... uh...
idaho: the zebra state, for some reason...
manitoba: land of the 5 trillion-headed snake
after my research, i have been lead to believe that either uhaul's corporate headquarters is based in williamsburg brooklyn, or their creative director is a ten year old from 1993. either way, i don't want my children learning u.s. geography from these people.