I was delighted to see this on the front page of this past Sunday's New York Times: 'They're Soft and Cuddly, So Why Lash Them to the Front of a Truck?'

The article is an ethnographic exploration of a curious phenomenon: lashing small toys or stuffed animals, usually found objects, to the front bumpers of trucks. I won't recap the article here, but I highly recommend it. It reads like a mini-ethnography, complete with treatment of cultural issues, history, interviews with drivers, and social theory.

Also check out Robert Marbury's Urban Beast Project, which includes photos of some of these once cuddly little friends.