There exists a conspiracy theory which states that Bob Marley was "assassinated" by a CIA agent who gave him a Converse shoe infected with cancer, which spread from his toe to his brain. Among those who believe in this theory as T.I. and Busta Rhymes. nme.com/news/music/t-i-an…
Adidas and Puma were the result of two brothers, Adolf & Rudolf Dassler, who created the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory and had a falling out which caised to split and form their own rival companies. Adolf who was nicknamed Adi Das made Adidas and Rudolf went on to make Puma. historybyday.com/human-st…
The New York City Ballet has an annual shoe budget of $780,000; on average, their dancers go through 500-800 pointe shows for "The Nutcracker" over six weeks, and even more pairs for two weeks of "Swan Lake" dancespirit.com/the-secre…
There is an intersection called Shoe Corner in the US state of Indiana that has been littered with discarded shoes since at least the 70s. They are cleaned up every so often, but keep coming back. youtu.be/UnLHIjxIT1w
The fangs of a funnel-web spider are very strongβ€”they can pierce through shoe leather and fingernails! nationalgeographic.org/me…
Werner Herzog bet Errol Morris that his documentary "Gates of Heaven" would never be completed, or he'd eat his shoe. Morris finished it, and Herzog fulfilled his promise at the "Gates of Heaven" premiere, which was filmed for another documentary called "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Today I learned about Americathon, a !979 movie that perdicted that in 20 years, The Soviet Union would collapse, China would become a superpower, and Nike, then a small shoe company in Oregon, would become a huge multinational corporation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The New York City Ballet has a shoe budget of $780,000: the dancers go through 500 to 800 pairs of pointe shoes performing The Nutcracker over 6 weeks, and use up even more pairs in 2 weeks performing Swan Lake. dancespirit.com/the-secre…
After Adidas produced a shoe in the USSR for the 1980 Olympics the Soviet government stole the design details and mass produced bootleg versions for their special forces called Mockbas. These shoes remained in production until 2011 highsnobiety.com/p/mockba…
Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon wore off-brand shoes. To combat the robberies and killings for shoes that was common at the time, he even released his own signature shoe with Spalding, for $34.95. theguardian.com/sport/blo…
There is a giant shoe statue dedicated to the man that threw one at GWB at a conference in 2008 nydailynews.com/news/worl…
The Burj Khalifa was built on sand without bedrock. It is held up by a big concrete slab on its base, that works like a big snow shoe preventing it from sinking. Below it, 194 shafts of concrete were dug into ancient seashell dust, making friction the only thing holding up this skyscraper. youtu.be/sDsNChjaLW8?t=95
Since the 1978 initiation of China's policy of reform and opening-up, Dongguan is now regarded as: "The World's Computer City", "The World's Toy City", "The World's Shoe City", and "The South China Fashion City" china.org.cn/sports/2010a…
There's a surviving text of an 1121 law in Baghdad requiring all Jewish women to wear at all times: 1 yellow star on their head, 1 yellow star on their neck, a necklace w/ a lead plaque that said "Dhimmi" (ie "non-Muslim"), 1 red shoe, 1 black shoe & a bell on their neck or their shoes wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow…
Nike's first successful shoe was inspired by (and protoyped on) a waffle iron popularmechanics.com/tech…
During Prohibition, moonshiners would wear "cow shoes." The fancy footwear left hoofprints instead of human shoe prints, helping distillers and smugglers evade police. twistedsifter.com/2017/07…
Australia has a ritual called "shoey", sometimes done at parties and events, where someone takes their shoe, pours a drink into the shoe (usually beer), and drinks it from the shoe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dri…
Werner Herzog claimed he would eat his own shoes if Errol Morris would ever complete the movie "Gates of Heaven". When he actually did, Herzog followed his own claim which is documented as the movie "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
Joe Son (the shoe guy from Austin Powers) is serving life in prison for torture. thewrap.com/austin-powers…
Shoe manufacturers add a thin coating of felt to the sole of a shoes which classifies the shoe as slipper, not sneaker which are cheaper to import. putthison.com/why-are-my-…
X-Rays were common in shoe stores through the early to mid 20th century. They were also used as gimmicks at birthday parties. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Nike wanted to call their first shoe design 'Aztec', but Addidas threatened to sue since they already had a line called 'Aztec Gold'. The Nike cofounders then decided to change the name to 'Cortez' after the general who "kicked the shit out of the Aztecs". bloomberg.com/news/featur…
The Statue of Liberty's sandals are 25 feet long, making her shoe size 879. adventure.howstuffworks.c…
Today I learned about Han Qizhi, a 31-year-old shoe salesman, who in February 2001, after being "struck by a rash impulse", climbed a 421 meter skycraper in Shanghai barehanded and in street clothes. He was arrested with bleeding hands and released two weeks later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin…
Today I learned about the National Odd Shoe Exchange, a nonprofit organization for people with different sized feet or only one foot to donate and receive shoes for their specific needs. oddshoe.org
Tonka first manufactured hat, tie, and shoe racks as well as gardening tools, and then later started making steel toys pgpedia.com/t/tonka-corpo…
If the Statue of Liberty was 5'4" tall her feet would be over 14.4 inches, bigger than a shoe size 21.. (25/111.0625*64) nyctrip.com/Pages/Index.a…
The murder of Billy Batts in the movie "Goodfellas" is based on the killing of William Bentvena, with the only significant difference being he was killed two days after the shoe shine insult. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Shoe stores used to have fluoroscopes (x-ray machines) to help customers select a size. They were used until the 1970's in the USA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The device used to measure your feet at shoe stores actually have a name: a Brannock Device. brannock.com/
Shoe sizes come in halves because shoes were originally measured in barley corns by the Romans. The sizes were differentiated between half and full length barley corns. shoesyoke.com/much-bigger…
Elvis was naturally a blonde and started dying his hair black with shoe polish at a young age. countrymusicnation.com/ol…
A man was arrested during layover flight in Dubai for possession of 0.003g of marijuana detcted in his shoe news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
In 2013 Chubby Checker sued HP over a WebOS application that shared his name, which was used to estimate penis size from shoe size reuters.com/article/us-hp…
Today I learned about the origin of the word sabotage. It comes from the French "Sabot" which means wooden shoe or clog. There's a myth that claims it's because the French workers threw clogs in their machines to halt work, while it was because walking in clogs was akin to being noisy and slow. grammarphobia.com/blog/20…
Frank Sinatra hated the song "Light My Fire" by The Doors. One night when it came on the radio he switched stations and found that channel also playing the same song. He stopped the car and smashed the radio to bits with his shoe. telegraph.co.uk/music/art…
Ed O'Neil has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and it's in front of a shoe store. nydailynews.com/entertain…
In 2008 a British man traveling to Dubai was sentenced to 4 years in prison after being caught with 0.003g of Cannabis, Which was stuck to his shoe. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/72347…
Today I Learned that from the 1920's to the 1970's that some shoe stores would X-Ray your foot to make sure the shoes you were buying fit properly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
There is a forensic database containing tens of thousands of shoe impressions. It is used to match footprints at crime scenes to specific makes of shoe. It's name? Solemate. fosterfreeman.com/latest-…
The phrase 'waiting for the other shoe to drop' originated in Manhattan where rooms were built on top of one another and when a neighbour took a shoe off and dropped it, you inevitably heard the other one drop as well, hence the phrase meant to await something inevitable which was to happen. inc.com/melanie-curtin/th…
In the Brothers Grimm version of Cinderella, the stepsisters cut off their toes and part of their heel to fit into the slipper. Their plans are foiled when the Prince notices the shoe filling up with blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
Today I Learned that in 1967 Seventeen Magazine advised young women to be anorexic, gave them unsolicited eyewear criticism, shoe shamed them, and asked them to consider vocal chord training. intothegloss.com/2014/02/…
In London in 1814, a vat at the Horse Shoe Brewery ruptured unleashing 1,470,000 L of beer which poured down Tottenham Court Road in a 15ft wave destroying two houses, a pub, and killing at least 8 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Carrageenan has been harvested since 600AD & is used in applications including ice cream, salad dressing, beer, processed ham, toothpaste, Fruit Gushers, firefighting foam, shampoo, air freshener gel, shoe polish, soy milk, diet soda, pet food, personal lube, & veggie hot dogs... among others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of VΓ­Γ°arr, a nordic god that is nearly as strong as Thor. He got his immense powers from combining leather pieces that people have cut from their own shoes into one big shoe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C…
The oldest leather shoe to be discovered by archeologists is over 5,500 years old bbc.co.uk/news/10281908
Marie Antoinette (1793) accidentally stepped on her executioner's shoe. Her last words were "Pardonnez-moi, monsieur. Je ne l’ai pas fait exprΓ¨s" (Pardon me, sir, I did not do it on purpose). Marie Tussaud used her head to create a death mask. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
German shoe companies Adidas and Puma were started by two brothers, who became business rivals after an argument drove them apart. They never spoke to each other again. content.time.com/time/spe…
Americans have been paying shoe tarrifs between 37.5% and 67.5% on imported footwear since the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930. aei.org/publication/the-u…

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