Earl Schaffer, the first person to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in one continuous hike, avoided blisters by putting sand in his boots and wearing no socks until his feet toughened. americanhistory.si.edu/do…
Today I learned about Sandra Perron, the first female infantry officer in the Canadian Army. Viewed as a threat by the male officers, she was beaten, tied to a tree, and left in the snow for two hours without boots. Her experience forced the army to revise its procedures to prevent harassment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today I learned about Winter Lab. A 5x5m room with an ice floor that is mounted on a 6 axis motion simulator capable of simulating icy walking conditions. It is used to independently test winter boots, work boots, and ice cleats by the Toronto University Hospital Network Rehabilitation Institute. ratemytreads.com/about/
Cowboy boots are designed for safety. The high heel prevents your foot from sliding thru the stirrups, trapping your foot but if it does and you fall off the horse the lack of laces allows your foot to slide out of the boot preventing you from being dragged by the horse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow…
Today I learned of Matthias Buchinger who despite being born 2'5" and limbless was known for his incredibly detailed micrographs, illustrations consisting of tiny text. He is also rumored to have had children by 70 mistresses, his fame so widespread that "Buckinger's boot" existed as a euphemism for vagina. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The film Nacho Libre, is based on a real-life man. Fray Tormenta travelled the World spreading his message of God before lacing up his boots and adorning a Lucha mask to become a wrestling icon. youtu.be/LQvPQYtQZqE
Johnny Cash performed dressed all in black, in contrast to most of the major country acts in his day – rhinestone suits and cowboy boots. Cash wrote the song "Man in Black" to explain that he wore black for the poor and hungry and those betrayed by age or drugs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The original cover of the album 'Party Music'' by The Coup, created in June 2001, depicted band members Boots Riley and Pam the Funkstress destroying the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center using what appeared to be a detonator. The album was scheduled for release in September. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
The comedy and tragedy masks were created in Ancient Greece and have names; Socks is the name for comedy because that actor wore socks, the tragic actor would wear boots called β€œbusking”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
The word "bootleg" originates from the practice of smuggling illicit items in the legs of tall boots, particularly the smuggling of alcohol during the American Prohibition era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
McDonald's chicken nuggets come in 4 shapes: Bowtie, boot, ball, and bell eatthis.com/mcdonalds-chi…
The Black Sabbath hit "Fairies wear boots" is not in fact about Fairies, but about Skinheads guitarworld.com/features/…
The German speaking actors in Das Boot (1981) were forced to "shoot silent" and dub their own voices later because the gyroscopes in the special camera developed for the film drowned out any spoken dialogue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
McDonald's Chicken McNuggets come in only 4 shapes, the boot, the ball, the bell and the bone. youtu.be/33Ko3loegTA
The reason that pubs in England have such weird names goes back to medieval times, when most people were illiterate, but could recognize symbols. This is why they have names like Boot and Castle, or Fox and Hound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub…
High heels were originally worn by men. Heels on boots first started showing up in the 10th century because they helped horse riders keep their feet in their stirrups. people.howstuffworks.com/…
Today I learned of Bear, a "koala detection dog". Wearing special boots to protect his paws from scorched ground, Bear sniffs out koala survivors of Australian bushfires. His previous owners couldn't handle him as he chewed furniture & walls out of boredom, but his need to work made him an ideal detection dog. 9news.com.au/national/que…
The boots worn by the actors portraying American soldiers in Saving Private Ryan were made by the same company that supplied boots for American soldiers during the Second World War. rzm.com/pvt.ryan/producti…
Today I learned about Lester Moore who in 1880s Arizona got into a gunfight with a customer over a package. They killed each other and Lester was buried in Boot Hill where his tombstone reads, "Lester Moore, four slugs from a .44, no Les, no more." findagrave.com/memorial/1…
When Charles Dickens was 12 years old, his father was thrown into prison for debt. Charles was forced to leave school and work ten-hour days at a boot factory in order to help support his family. The poor conditions of the working class became a major theme in several of his works. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Prince was an amazing ten pin bowler who wore furry knee high boots to the bowling alley and could throw a strike at will. themalestrom.com/intervie…
Hungary preserves its communist-era monuments in a park, the collection includes a statue of Stalin's giant boots atlasobscura.com/places/m…
The legendary 1981 film "Das Boot" was shot as if it were a silent film, with all of the dialogue and sound added later, because the cameras and their newly developed gyroscopic stabilizers, used for the submarine interiors, drowned out the dialogue and diegetic sound. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Even though actor Fred Gwynne considered Herman Munster one of his favorite roles, the costume (including 40 lbs of foam padding and boots with inflexible soles) caused him severe back pain and made him lose 10 lbs in one month via perspiration. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Roman Emperor Caligula was actually called Gaius. The nickname Caligula meant β€˜little boots’ and came from the fact that his father like to dress him up in child-sized armor. He hated it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Official UGG boots are not supposed to be worn with socks. uggsince1974.com.au/blogs…
Professional wrestler Kerry Von Erich had to have his foot amputated after a bad accident, but continued wrestling while secretly wearing a prosthetic - even showering in his boots so no one would know. His injury wasn't public knowledge until his death from suicide 7 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ker…
The last Blockbuster on earth, in Bend, OR uses floppy disks to boot their system, employees have to hand print cards because their printers broke, and transactions are backed up on a reel-to-reel tape that can't be replaced because Radio Shack went out of business. wfaa.com/article/news/las…
During the 2007 Glasgow airport attack, as one of the perpetrators tried to open the boot of his jeep, a taxi driver, Alex McIlveen, kicked him in the groin so hard that he tore a tendon in his foot. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan…
The emperor Caligula's real name was Gaius Caesar Germanicus. The name Caligula is a diminutive meaning "Little Boots" and was given to him by soldiers employed by his father Germanicus when he was a young boy. britannica.com/biography/…
Toy Story Woody's signature line "There's a snake in my boot!" is a euphemism for alcoholic hallucinations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
Today I learned about cowboy bob, a female bank robber from Texas who wore a cowboy hat, a fake beard, boots a size too big, never harmed anyone in any of her robberies and evaded detection for as long as she did due to her disguise. texasmonthly.com/articles…
The producers of the movie Das Boot used a life size mock-up of a U-Boat for the exterior shots. One morning the crew woke up to find it missing, only to later learn that a certain filmmaker named Steven Spielberg had rented it for his movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and no one had told them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das…
Since 2016 Car "Boots" have been slowly been phased out in place of the window "Car Barnacle" youtu.be/clEMHGMRv3c
Mexican pointy boots are a style of pointed fashion boots made with elongated toes that are popular footwear for men in parts of Mexico. The boots are commonly worn in an ironic and comedic way by males involved in the mΓΊsica Trival subculture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
Γ–tzi the Iceman's hiking boots where so well made that hikers today still found them to be very comfortable and warm. hikeforpurpose.com/the-hi…
In 1896, General Electric was one of the original 12 companies listed on the newly formed Dow Jones Industrial Average, where it remained a part of the index for 122 years until June 26, 2018, when the stock was removed from the index and replaced with Walgreens Boots Alliance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Bootlegging, a popular term used during prohibition during the 1920s, apparently came into general use in the Midwest in the 1880s to denote the practice of concealing flasks of illicit liquor in boot tops when going to trade with Native Americans. britannica.com/topic/boot…
In 1959, Nikita Khrushchev described Mao Zedong to a Chinese diplomat as an "old boot that needs to be thrown out". 'Old boot' in Chinese meant prostitute, which led Chinese officials to believe Mao had been insulted as an 'old whore' due to misinterpretation. halfapage.com/krushchev-m…
High-heeled shoes were originally worn by men. As early as the 10th century, many horseback-riding cultures wore heels on their boots and on their shoes, because heels help you stay in the stirrups (which is why cowboy boots have heels). slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2…
The first virus to hit computers running Microsoft's operating system came in 1986, when two brothers in Pakistan wrote a boot sector program now dubbed "Brain" - purportedly to punish people who spread pirated software. It displayed the phone number of the brothers' computer shop for repairs. smh.com.au/technology/fir…
Spotted hyenas are able to digest all organic components in bone, have been known to eat leather items such as boots and belts at campsites, and are thought to be responsible for eating car tyres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
Tokyo has its own superhero. He’s Mangetsu-Man, a self-made hero who’s taken up the responsibility of keeping the city clean. He wears a β€œfull moon” head, purple bodysuit, oversized UGG boots with matching gloves, and uses a voice dictation app to hide his voice. pri.org/stories/2014-09-0…
Today I learned of Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon, Dutch students who died mysteriously in the jungles of Panama in 2014. Some belongings were found, bone fragments, a foot still inside a boot, and one of their cameras with over 500 photos. thedailybeast.com/the-los…
When six-foot-eight Brad Garrett starred as Jackie Gleason in a 2002 biopic, his costars had to wear boots with 7 inch lifts to look normal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gle…
Jeff Buckley died at age 30 swimming in a river wearing clothes with boots on, without any alcohol or drugs in his system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
In 1838, a man stopped on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris to get his boots cleaned. He and the cleaner stood still for at least seven minutes on the street, and accidentally became the first people in history to be photographed. edition.cnn.com/2014/11/0…
Peter Cushing, the actor for Grand Moff Tarkin, found his costume's boots to be very uncomfortable. Any time his feet were not visible in the shot he would be wearing comfy slippers. Grand Moff Tarkin destroyed Alderaan wearing comfy slippers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The Dodge La Femme, 1955, was the first car made exclusively for women and it included purse, boots, raincoat and umbrella. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dod…
The cast of the critically acclaimed *Das Boot* were not allowed to see sunshine during the entire year the movie was filmed. This was done in order to maintain their unhealthy pallor and contributed to their realistic portrayal of a "journey into madness". uboat.net/special/movies/…

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