The Stig Is Revealed

Top Gear is one of the BBC’s most popular shows, with millions of viewers across a hundred countries. But one thing about the show that has remained a secret for some time now has been the identity of the mysterious driver known only as The Stig.

“The whole point of The Stig is the mystique — the bizarre characteristics he has, the wonderment created about what he might think, feel, do or look like. Kids adore the conceit, and I believe adults, although they know it’s a man in a suit (or is it?) gladly buy into the whole conceit because they find it entertaining.” says Top Gear producer Andy Wilman.

However, because of a lawsuit brought on by HarperCollins, the identity of The Stig is a no longer a mystery. According to HarperCollins, The Stig is actually a 33-year-old driver named Ben Collins. According to Collins’ website, he has raced both Formula Three and NASCAR, and even drove James Bond’s Aston Martin in the latest Bond flick, “Quantum of Solace.”

The Stig

The Stig

So what’s Top Gear to do now that The Stig has been exposed? Well, hire a new and unidentifed Stig! At least that’s what they did when the identity of the Stig prior to Collins was revealed in 2003.

Despite the reveal of the white Stig, you can still purchase his T-Shirts from the BBC America online shop. The shirts are priced from $22.98 to $26.98 and I am sure that these will be pulled from the store soon so if you’re a Stig fan, you better pick one of these up soon!

The Stig BBC T-Shirt

The Stig BBC T-Shirt

Stop Honking

New York based art design firm, MyORB, recently released their Stop Honking tee in hopes of reducing the daily noise pollution caused by irate (and some not so irate) drivers. I visited New York three summers ago and I can tell you first hand that honking is part of the culture there. All of the honking initially came to me as quite a shock, considering that I am from Hawaii and honking is basically taboo here. If you honk in Hawaii you get labelled as the ass. Having said that, I rather enjoy honking here on the islands because I feel that, frankly, more people should honk when honking is necessary.

Stop Honking

The Stop Honking T-Shirts from MyORB is “meant to be worn as an active call for car drivers to stop honking.” However, I’m pretty sure that this tee will have an inverse effect. I guarantee that every lunatic driver that sees this shirt will do one thing, and that one thing is honk their horn. They’ll honk their horn with such vivid enthusiasm that the shirt will be relegated to the cultural bin of ineffective products. Still, cool concept and in the end, if you want to annoy honkers then this is the shirt to get. Stop Honking is available now from MyORB for $15.

Stop Honking

Via Josh Spear.

TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment Week 6

Every day I come up with a new witty Threadless TypeTees Slogan in hopes of earning a Threadless Alumni Club Medal of Honor. At the end of every week I post a round up of that weeks slogans here on my blog. What can you do to help the cause? Vote! Just click on a slogan (preferably all of them) and then vote by click “I’d Wear It!” – it’s that simple! If you want to see and vote for all of my slogans then just click here or on that photo of me with the Rockband guitar. Vote for me and I will cook you can amazing set of eggs benedict if ever we meet in real life.

TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment

Week 6 (February 5, 2010 to February 11, 2010):

I’m an egg beater. Sue me.

Whenever I make scrambled eggs, I like to beat em and whip em into submission. Don’t get in between me and eggs.

I miss your voice. Call, don’t text.

I never was a big text-er. I prefer speaking. In person.

Ninjas, they’re just naturally good at hide and seek.

Of course they would be! They excel at covert espionage … Hide and Seek would be childs play for a seasoned Ninja! RAWR!

I’ll be your scapegoat if that means I get to ram you with horns.

And that’s the only way you’ll ever get ME to be your scapegoat.

I admit I am not an alpha male, but I am a beta boy.

I heard a similar line from a movie that I watched this week. I can’t for the life of me remember what that movie was. Any ideas?

Beware, surveillance cameras are in constant use.

Everywhere, they are everywhere. I came up with this slogan while I was walking to work and noticed that nearly every intersection there was a surveillance camera alongside each stop light. It’s 2010 but it’s starting to look like 1984.

Instead of using the asterisk key I like to throw ninja stars.

Why? Because ninja stars are rad – that’s why!

Friends Don’t Let Friends Tweet and Drive

This shirt makes me wonder, have there been any reported accidents directly due to someone sending out a tweet? In any case, you should not be sending out tweets while you’re behind the wheel. Neither should you be eating, drinking, doing your nails, brushing your teeth or releasing sexual tension.

You can pick up this shirt from Rizzo Tees for just $15. Buy this shirt and save a life.

Friends Don't Let Friends Tweet & Drive

TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment Week 5

Fridays, Fridays, Fridays, such a great day for slogans – lot’s and lot’s of slogans! This TypeTees Slogan-A-Day Experiment that I have endeavored on has been such good good brain exercise. Help keep me motivated and vote for my slogans on Threadless so that I can get a shield that I can call my own! To see all of my slogans and to vote for them check out my Threadless profile page. Vote for me and I will make you amazing buffalo wings if ever we meet in real life.

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I grind rails not coffee.

Oh yes, back in the day, back in my younger days. Now I do neither. Loose leaf tea FTW!

If life’s a beach then I’ve got a sun burn.

I had a great day at the beach, alone, and it was wonderful. Soaked up the sun and enjoyed the Pacific Ocean. Where is your favorite beach? 

Driving a stick shift is like watching TV without a remote, hard.

I’ve tried on numerous occasions to learn stick shift, but I’ve never practiced for a long enough period of time for me to get it. And the question that I post to those that boast driving stick is better is … why? Seriously, would you watch a TV without a remote and get up and go to the TV each time you wanted to change the channel? Probably not. Similarly, why do you want to work for every shift when there are cars that do it automatically? I just don’t get it I guess.

Save the bees: they help keep the world sweet.

Did you know that the worlds bee population is seriously and mysteriously decreasing. This is something that we need to be concerned about because it could potentially mean the end of mankind. No joke. And plus, they help keep the world sweet. A world without sweetness would quite simply be lame. 

As I look at you all I see are a bunch of falling green letters.

This is me trying to be Neo. Imagine for a second how awesome it would be to be The One. If you didn’t get any of those two references then you need to put The Matrix on your Netflix queue right now. 

Babies make the world a better place. Except when they poop.

In all seriousness, babies really do make the world a better place. I was watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I watch Grey’s Anatomy) and it was a sad episode that involved the death of young child. Such a downer. Coming up with this slogan made me smile again. 

Laughter makes me do the happy dance.

Comedy is such a great thing. About two weeks ago I started watching Arrested Development on DVD and absolutely love it! Such a great show. Terrible shame that it was canceled – damn you FOX!