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Objects in the rear view mirror

How close are they?

MMDE: Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear

Current: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

Is this one related to the Meatloaf song? This warning has been printed on the glass of car wing mirrors for many years. The problem is the wording, for some people, has changed. They remember it as the one in the song, which was "may be" whereas now it's always "closer".

The line from the song doesn't exactly fit - it is actually "Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are", but that's close enough to lodge in people's memories to conflate the two.

Unless they've never heard of the song, of course...