Permits! Getcher Permits Here!

If you ever looked at some of the lists of stupid laws on some websites, you’d see this one, which says in Texas “A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.”

But it’s not bare feet that are dangerous; it’s high heels. So I had a dream . . .

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This is Why We’re Stuck Wearing Shoes

I’ve reprinted articles from the 1950s expressing the joy of going barefoot as a child and bemoaning how that was disappearing.

Here is an article, from 1959, that encapsulates the attitudes that made them disappear.

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Tetanus and Going Barefoot

Tetanus is often associated with rusty nails and going barefoot.

However, there is a lot of mythology associated with both, and I thought I’d sort that out a bit.

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Saturday Comic

I used this cartoon last year about this time of year. I still think it quite appropriate. It’s from Arlo & Janis from September 23, 2002.

Arlo & Janis, September 23, 2002

Arlo & Janis, September 23, 2002


Barefoot 1491

Let’s take a look at the footwear of Native Americans before Columbus arrived. I’ve been looking at the “Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume”, by Josephine Paterek, and it says a lot about footwear.

I also suspect that she has overestimated things a bit.

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Bygone Times

During the 1950s and 1960s there seemed to be a lot of reminiscences of the pleasures of growing up barefoot.

Here is yet another one, this one from 1955.

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Megapodic Movie Hobbits

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was being shown over the weekend on Encore TV. It is always a good watch, but I was reminded yet again of one of the sillier things Peter Jackson did with the movie.

He put extra-large fake feet on the hobbits.

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