Fuzzy dice, known in the British Isles as furry dice or fluffy dice, are an automotive decoration consisting of two oversized (usually six-sided) plush dice which hang from the rear-view mirror. The original Fuzzy dice used in the 50's were white and approximately 3" square. Although nowadays Fuzzy dice tend to be nearly any color including fluorescents with bright pink or blue being popular and are available in many sizes. In Britain and other parts of the world it is considered kitsch to display such items in a car.
Origin and history
The use of fuzzy dice originated in the U.S. in the 1950s and is considered one of the first items sold specifically to be hung from a rear-view mirror. The exact meaning and origin of fuzzy dice is unclear, but one theory holds that U.S. pilots in World War II used dice in their cockpits for good luck, and they continued the practice when they came home from the war.
It has been postulated that the late Mark Shepherd Jr., a former CEO of Texas Instruments, created the first fuzzy dice in 1952, when he was a project engineer working for the company. He supposedly made them as a "good luck" gag gift for a professional acquaintance.
Fuzzy dice were at the height of their popularity in the 1970s and the 1980s but have since become increasingly rare. In the US the practice of hanging any object from the rear-view mirror is prohibited in at least one state (Minnesota). A 1993 study showed there to be no correlation between the use of fuzzy dice and the degree of a driver's reckless driving behavior.
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