razor blades under fascist stickers - myth or not?

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by Fozzie Bear, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    This cropped up again on twitter today as part of a discussion about NF stickers appearing around Camden.

    Basically the story goes that one should be very careful when removing fascist stickers from lamp posts, walls, wherever, because they might have razor blades underneath them.

    It was suggested that the best thing to do is to carry around your own stickers to put over the fascist ones.

    I have to say, I've been removing fash stickers since the mid 80s and my fingers are very much still intact.

    Has this ever happened to you, or someone you know?
  2. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    never found one or heard of any injuries
    removed 2 free tommeh ones today and nothing
  3. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

    A close shave with fascists? Nah, never like that.

    I think I first heard this back in the early 80s. Almost certainly myth but almost certainly happened once or twice in order for the ‘myth’ to become known in the first place.
  4. Throbbing Angel

    Throbbing Angel it's a very pretty colour this ambulance, isn't it

    Same, heard this at school in the 80's - probably happened once or twice as you say and then it got Söze'd into myth
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  5. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    First heard it at the start of the 1990s repeated to me by people active since the early 1980s I guess.

    I'm trying to remember whether it also applied to flyposters or just stickers?

    If stickers, how long have they been around?
  6. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Found a reference to it occuring in 1976.
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  7. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Nice one!
  8. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Taken loads of fash stickers down looking for razor blades but still have to buy my own
  9. Mrs D

    Mrs D . Banned

    Razor blades aren’t cheap if your putting up a lot of stickers
  10. Red Sky

    Red Sky It was like that when I got here.

    Would it even work if they did? I've heard more physically plausible dark rumours regarding razor blades stuck in apples to get unwary trick or treaters.
  11. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    Can you still get razor blades?
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  12. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    That's bollocks as well.
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    It seems to have worked in the ref that Chilango turned up. Once.
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  14. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    Early eighties that was very much the message and we did take care but, no, I never met anyone who had actually been caught out.
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  15. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Yeh you can
  16. frogwoman

    frogwoman лягушкая женщина

    its definitely happened in russia, exploding signs etc as well.
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  17. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    Thinking about it, stickers weren't an issue in my day- not sure they existed. it was posters. But hey. Same principle.
  18. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen Sparkly cat whisperer

    This rumour also goes round in Germany :thumbs:
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  19. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    The rumour was around in the late 70s . We used to carry Stanley knives in case we saw stickers because of it, or remove them with a coin. Never found a razor blade .
  20. Grump

    Grump Well-Known Member

    In the late 70s and the 80s I used to spend a lot of time taking down NF stickers and posters and heard the stories about razor blades, never found one, never heard of anyone who did and I think it is an urban myth. There was a guy who suggested we mix ground glass with the wallpaper paste we used to put up SWP/ANL posters but it was politely pointed out it was a lot of work and probably wouldn't be effective.
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  21. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Ridin' a Stutz Bearcat, Jim

    Surely you'd be able to see a razor blade under a sticker anyway?
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  22. Yossarian

    Yossarian free shrugs

    I've heard that you're supposed to look out for razor blades under fash stickers but never encountered one or heard of anybody else encountering one.

    But since fash have presumably heard the same rumours, it'd be wise to take appropriate care when dealing with their stickers because no doubt some of them think the razor blade idea is something they're supposed to emulate.

    Given their general track record in this kind of endeavour, you'll probably be able to spot the booby-trapped stickers by the trail of blood and severed fingertips in the area.
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  23. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    If you tried to give the kids round my way fruit at Halloween they'd probably try and break your fucking windows with it rather than eat it.
  24. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    If applied smoothly, sure.

    But hurriedly applied with wrinkles and air bubbles? On a surface with its lumps and bumps of imperfection ?
  25. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Yeh it would stand out more
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  26. Red Sky

    Red Sky It was like that when I got here.

    Bananas then.
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  27. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    Or grapes
  28. Red Sky

    Red Sky It was like that when I got here.

    Difficult to get small enough blades.
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  29. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

    Raisin blades
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  30. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    Good for pruning.

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