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Paging Mr. C. Kret: Your Van Is Causing a Web-Jam

Painting it like he sees it in Washington, D.C.. Bill Chappell hide caption

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I first saw this truck around Washington, D.C., a few years ago, but I had no idea it was any kind of an institution in its own right until a friend mentioned it a few weeks back. Then, lo and behold, there it was again, and I snapped a photo.

A quick search yielded an odd entry on, of all things, the Guinness World Records site. "RubbaBanMan" makes no mention of the van, but he does include some of its spray-painted text. Evidently, the guy hopes to accumulate a record-worthy rubber-band ball.

This photog took a pic of the same truck last year, too — I like it better, with that purple cast.

Speaking of PURPLE, it turns out that Washington Waterwoman used the truck in a serialized "horror blog" she has going.

And in a sign that the van has penetrated the zeitgeist (somewhat), several people in the U.S. and beyond have adopted the opening line as a personal tagline.

As for Mr. Kret himself, he offers his own bona fides on a very non-threatening, even Barney-esque, site. Turns out he's an aspiring children's book author. In addition to various insights, Mr. Kret also offers the chance to rent his vacation homes, in Telluride and Costa Rica.

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Gotta say: after reading that, I may go price some panel vans this week.