But after World War II, a new food fad hit the entirety of the U.S.: donut shops. And because donut shops essentially operate like bakeries, they open crazy early. Suddenly cops had a one-stop shop to grab food and coffee on the go, keeping them fed and alert as they roved the streets. And it was cheap too, so even when other options became available, they stayed loyal to the hole.
Of course, donut shops loved the fact that cops would hang out at their venues -- especially before dawn, when the drug fiends are at their most feral. Dunkin' Donuts founder William Rosenberg claimed in his autobiography that he actively made his shops the kind of places officers wanted to hang out for a while.
The Idea That "Lesbians Drive Subarus" Saved The Company
Here's one you might not have heard of unless you are gay: All lesbians drive Subarus. Weirdly specific, sure, but the stereotype has been hardwired into gay culture. Why? Because of a logical fallacy. Not all lesbians drive Subarus. But for a time, all Subarus were driven by lesbians.
It all started when Subaru was completely bombing as a company. In the 1990s, big flashy cars were coming into fashion, and the company's modest, compact brand wasn't cutting it anymore. Only one part of their line was selling well: the four-wheel-drive cars. However, the company couldn't figure why. Then, one executive had a mind-opening chat with a gay friend and realized the reason: lesbians.
Lesbians loved everything about the outdoorsy Subarus. They were small, dependable, and cute in an off-road culture that leaned more toward dick-swinging big rigs. This revelation did pose a problem, as Subaru couldn't openly advertise to lesbians, because this was the '90s and even Friends was making a million gay jokes. Alienating their heterosexual customers, however few there were, would be corporate suicide. They had to stay in the closet, advertising-wise, and had to be subtle. Their new ad agency created a series of print ads showing Subaru cars from behind, all of them with sapphic-signaling license plates. One plate said "Camp Out," and another said "Xena Lvr," after lesbian icon Xena: Warrior Princess.
SubaruSince then, their ads have gotten a bit more direct.