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Old 11-08-2008, 06:57 PM
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Is there any storys behind fuzzy dice?

I'm in my garage tonight, looking at the set of fuzzy dice that were in my truck when I bought it, and was remembering that some of us younger members like to here the stories of the older days. I am one of them. Is there any about fuzzy dice? Where did it start, is there something your car or truck had to have before you could put them in? Is there a meaning of them? Just curious and looking for the old days!

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Old 11-08-2008, 07:54 PM
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You know I have no idea? I did have a friend that had fuzzy testicles hanging from his rear view.

I thought that was way more cool. Sort of a FU to the dice people.
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Fuzzy Dice

Back in the 60's we also had fuzzy rear shelf mats too,a lot of the guys would hang their Graduation tassels from the mirror also. Remember the fake shrunken heads too?
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You know I have no idea? I did have a friend that had fuzzy testicles hanging from his rear view.

I thought that was way more cool. Sort of a FU to the dice people.
They probably came fron his ex-wife's boyfriend.
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It must have had a great deal of social significance..a true sign of cool fearlessness.
I know that Frank Zappa mentioned fuzzy dice in one of his songs...

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Primer mi carucha (Chevy '39)
Going to El Monte Legion Stadium
Pick up on my weesa (she is so divine)
Helps me stealing hub caps
Wasted all the time

Fuzzy Dice
Bongos in the back
My ship of love
Ready to attack
Best version is on 1971's "Just Another Band from L.A."

carucha,(Ka-Ruk-ah), hispanic slang for a junky car.

Probably had that fuzzy bathroom carpet on the dash and package tray too.

Per wikipedia, a 1993 study showed no correlation between a higher incidence of reckless driving and that driver's display of fuzzy dice..

Nonetheless,
I'll bet the display of dice in the old days, was to show that driver's willingness to take a gamble in any number of risky activities, or "roll the dice".

Total guess on my part.

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Your asking us to age ourselves, be careful!

I remember them from back in the late 50's to early 60's.

This was back when there were drive-in restaurants, and 'rock-a-billy on the radio. You have heard of Chuck Barry, Buddy Holly, the Beetle's, Roy Orbison, and many other early pioneers of the rock and roll fame, haven't you?

Back when you did not have to lock your house, and a major cut did not require a trip to the hospital.

Back when you miss-behaved in school, it was ok for the principal to swat you on the butt with a board, and you knew when you got home, you would get more with a belt from your dad, on your bare butt when he got home from work.

Now back to today, and your question.

My thoughts on this lead me to think this 'fad' started in the late 50's, along with the early rock and roll, and this being started by a very clever business person. You might research and find a song that refers to the fuzzy dice.

PS, I have instilled more pain on my own body working, than I got growing up.

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Y'all may have seen the fake testicles that truck owners hang on the back end of their trucks..

I saw a pair the other morning that were illuminated with blue light... as in blue balls.

The only problem there is in Arizona blue lights are only allowed for law enforcement use .

what is the deal with a full size CD hanging from the mirror?
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Here is a decent Definition.

http://www.answers.com/fuzzy%20dice

Found this :

Quote:
The tradition of placing dice in a vehicle may have begun during World War
II. Pilots would place dice on their instrument panel with sevens showing
to bring them good luck on their missions. After the war, cars begin
hanging plastic dice from the rear view mirrors. But, as the story goes,
the plastic dice often melted, and were eventually replaced with flocked
material... and so the Lucky Fuzzy Dice was born!"
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A slightly different version where they are more an emblem of danger than a
talisman against it:
"Why do so many people hang fluffy dice from their rear-view mirrors?


"Fuzzy dice first appeared during the late 1940s and early 1950s, with the
birth of the American hot-rod culture. Young returned servicemen with money
to burn and hotted-up older cars would participate in illegal street races.
It was this "dicing with death" and play on words that inspired the
creation of dashboard dice.


"Chris Lewis, Warradale, SA"
Here

And since we are close to it the saying "Balls to the wall" also came from WWII fighter piolets when the thrust the throttles to W O T the 2 knobs { balls} to the wall.


Pretty kewl huh? A twofer from a no nuthing young punk.

Young ???R U 4 reel? Get a grip.




R


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wow.. so it was Frank Zappa!
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wow.. so it was Frank Zappa!

ah yes... his song 'breasts and beer ' comes to my mind.
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Have no idea where this came from
But, I recall seeing them as a kid in the mid to late 50's cars.
So---I put 'em in mine (got 'em for Christmas one year) 'cause it seemed the right thing to do.

They will stay

Rob----dunno where you keep coming up with this stuff----but, keep doing it
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Rob my father told me be the balls to the wall thing also referring to pilots, but then when I was watching a video, Jay Leno refers to his 1870 steam engine as the originator of the "balls to the wall" thing to. I posted a link to the video. I wonder if Jay is just showboating it a little or if it's true.

The full size CD was supposed to be a jammar of sorts to radar or laser speed guns, or at least that was the rumor when I was on the streets



http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/...tml?vid=187715
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I wanna know....Whats with the raccoon tail thing?....That's just cruel............
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I grew up in the 50's and had fuzzy dice in my '47 chevy in 1956. They were one of the first things I put in my 55 when I got it - - along with Fiesta Hubcaps and Whitewalls - - - those are some of the things I grew up with and wanted on my car.

Has anyone mentioned the "shrunken head" - - those came along in the late 50's, ?I think? - - - oh, and didn't Falfa have a skull hanging in his AG 55?

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what is the deal with a full size CD hanging from the mirror?
radar jammer.. doesn't really work, but it's supposto reflect the radar beam from the cops radar gun back to itself, or refract it...
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