Why do people so frequently wear t-shirts with names of other places when they’re traveling? In my unscientific study of travel t-shirts, people don’t wear such shirts as often when they’re not traveling as when they are. What’s more, they generally wear t-shirts from other places than the one where they’re currently touristing.
- They wear t-shirts when traveling, and they buy travel t-shirts when traveling, so it’s not surprising they mostly wear travel-shirts when traveling.
- Their travel t-shirts are like plumage, showing off the other, better places they have been.
- They wear t-shirts from other places as a way of maintaining ironic distance from the current location.
Other ideas? Tomorrow, A Unified Theory of the Incidence of Aeropostale T-shirts at Major Theme Parks.
[Update] From a comment to this post, someone else who has been studying this important problem:
I conducted a sub-study of this in which I spent a year seeing if I could locate some form of Ohio State athletic gear at every airport I attended, each time I attended it. The answer: Yes, except for Omaha, NE. I flew 160,000+ miles last year. Even customs in SYD and the gate at MEL satisfied my criteria. Truly disturbing.