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This Is Your Brain On Clogs

There was an interesting article at the Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies: Nudity is Healthy for Brains and Bodies (possibly NSFW).

In many ways, “nudity” is being “barefoot all over“.

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Renewal

Last Wednesday I did another hike into the northern “wilds” of Cantwell Cliffs. It wasn’t a particularly long hike, only about 2 miles, but it is pure bushwhacking through a trailless area. I also did it (as I do in this area) doing what I call “abo hiking”, that is, not wearing much at all, similar to the Australian aboriginals.

In many ways it is barefooting writ larger.

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Last week, in Best Buy. Wussed Way., I promised I’d write about the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and how they might apply to (at least some) barefooters.

Let me do that now.

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Poison (Ivy) Pill

Poison ivy is a real annoyance. For the barefooted its generally not more of a pain than it is for the shod, since the plant needs to be bruised to release its urushiol, which is the chemical that produces an enhanced allergic reaction in the body, and if you are barefoot you are less likely to bruise it. But it is still an annoyance.

Isn’t there anything that can be done about poison ivy?

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Health Codes

I’ll sometimes see barefooters proclaiming that “there are no health codes prohibiting bare feet in stores or restaurants”. That’s not quite right.

There are a few, and most of them are in Massachusetts.

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Barefoot McDonalds Redux

You all may recall the situation I reported on a month ago, in which a McDonalds employee in Newark, Ohio (my back yard) was photographed barefoot in the store. There was a big news story and the Licking County Health Department sent an inspector and considered it a health code violation.

I wondered what would happen if I tried to eat there barefoot. But it turns out that there is quite a bit more to the story.

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OSHA. Oh, Sure.

Barefooters will sometimes be told by store employees that they have to wear shoes because “OSHA requires it.” OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and it only applies to employees, not customers.

And even then, there is no specific rule that says that even store employees need to wear shoes (though of course the business itself might require them).

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