"Furby Frenzy Fueling Face-off" screamed an alliterative headline in 1998. Apparently, there was once a huge hole in the marketplace that could only be filled by a gibberish-talking electronic rodent-of-sorts. And Furby was just the thing to fill it. Once Wired magazine called it the hot toy of the 1998 holiday season, all hell broke loose.
There was an injury-inducing stampede at a Wal-Mart in Illinois; upended store displays and the trampling of fellow shoppers at a store in Denver; and verbally abusive shoppers at another Wal-Mart in Texas [source: Tooher]. Next time, it might be safer to stick with a gerbil or a small dog, since these popular electronic animal gizmos are clearly hazardous to a shopper's health!