I'm starting this thread as a 39 year old guy who grew up with Atari 2600 game machines, rotary telephones, cable television with only 36 channels, and an MTV that actually played music 24 hours a day (with short commercial breaks for cheesy compilation LPs and 1-800-HOT-ROCK = "Buy three ZZ Top albums and get a free ZZ Top keychain! We'll deliver your albums within in a week!"). I have a question about an element of pop culture today that may seem obvious to someone who is in their 20s, but it's a complete -- and probably embarassing -- mystery to me.
My question: hipsters everwhere around here are wearing 1970s-looking "Vote for Pedro" t-shirts. Hipster stores have tons of "Vote for Pedro" shirts on the racks. Googling around for "Vote for Pedro" just gets me links to sites selling "Vote for Pedro" t-shirts for hipsters. What the hell does the phrase mean? Where does it come from? Is it some catchy movie quote, like "Anyone? Bueller?" from my day?
There's probably others in my boat, so I'm encouraging them to contribute to this thread. What all-pervasive element of pop culture are you completely clueless about?