Who is behind this emblem?
March 22, 2011 7:50 PM   Subscribe

Tell me what organization/philosophy belongs to this emblem. (Image link inside)


I saw a shiny black Mercedes with this emblem (sticker?) on it. I didn't recognize it, and couldn't find it even with Google's help.

Can anyone tell me what it refers to?
posted by ScarletPumpernickel to Society & Culture (9 answers total)
The slogan makes me think of a seatbelt campaign (SBN = Seat Belt Now?), but I have no idea what the symbol would refer to.
posted by Judith Butlerian Jihad at 8:06 PM on March 22, 2011

The image is a fleur de lis, which is a symbol of France and francophone places like Quebec and New Orleans; it's also a symbol of scouting.

The slogan "Take the extra 2 minutes - life is precious" suggests filling out an organ donor card, or performing a self-exam for some cancer.

The acronym SBN could be "societe" something, since it may be in a place where you have both French and English terms in common use. I am imagining a campaign by a hospital whose name starts with that, for example.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:10 PM on March 22, 2011

What country did you see this in? Now I'm very curious what it is!
posted by la petite marie at 8:14 PM on March 22, 2011

The fleur-de-lis is also a symbol of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and other Cajun areas of Louisiana. And, the Kappa Kappa Gamma women's fraternity (whose colors are also light and dark blue).

SBN could be the initials of a person who died for lack of [whatever can be done in 2 minutes].
posted by pineapple at 8:18 PM on March 22, 2011

Other possible meanings I'm seeing online for the slogan: wear your bike/motorcycle helmet; put on proper motorcycle gear (tough pants and jacket); strap children properly into their car seats; do a car/mechanical repair properly; secure cargo in the back of your truck properly; make a proper anchor in rock climbing
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:31 PM on March 22, 2011

Googling for "Take the extra 2 minutes" "Life is precious" returns a ton of links referring to belting children securely in the car.

The fleur de lys is used for a ton of stuff, perhaps the best match I see is that is used for "most Scouting organizations".
posted by Ookseer at 9:05 PM on March 22, 2011

The best I can do for SBN is Sheridan Broadcasting Network - a radio network founded in Pittsburgh in 1972 by Ronald Davenport and aimed at an African American audience. It merged with the National Black Network (NBN) in 1992 to form American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) but the SBN name seems to continue as "SBN Sports" which among other things named the winner of a hypothetical National Black College Football Champion every year (maybe only through 2007?).
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:16 PM on March 22, 2011

Most probably, it is a custom decal or a sticker from cafepress.com or zazzle.com I too spent a couple of hours looking for this :)
posted by theobserver at 12:02 AM on March 23, 2011

Response by poster: The mystery continues. Thanks for the efforts so far...
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 3:27 PM on March 24, 2011

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