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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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Animous to Bare Feet

Here’s a story from June of 1969, from the time when hippies and bare feet were in full swing.

And those in authority were not reluctant to arrest you for going barefooted, even if they had to make stuff up.

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Barefoot McDonalds

Wouldn’t you know it? I go out of town to a place with limited internet capabilities (there’s this thing called dial-up . . .) and a barefoot incident happens right back home in central Ohio.

It’s another case of a fast food worker being photographed in their bare feet behind the counter.

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Making Up Sh . . . Stuff

Well, summer fast approaches and you know what that means.

Time for some stupid articles about bare feet or flip-flops.

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Feminism . . . Circa 1914

I had no idea that the words “feminism” and “feminist” first came into use in the early 1900s. (I was aware of suffragettes and such movements, I just didn’t know that the word itself was that old.)

But a newspaper column in 1914 related feminism to our favorite subject: barefooting.

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The Dreaded Needle

From Akron, Ohio we now have the story of a first-grader who stepped on a used syringe. It happened in her school when she was emptying the trash for her teacher.

So, what was the little girl doing barefoot at school?

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When last we left Ellen Tilton Holsmen, she had just finished scandalizing Reno while waiting for her quickie divorce. After all, shorts and bare feet on a pretty lady going about town (in 1934) just weren’t normal. And she wore slacks to a courtroom.

But she wasn’t finished.

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Today let’s look at a colorful character from 1934. Ellen (Mildred) Tilton Holmsen was a bona fide member of society’s elite, even appearing in the Social Register.

Well, at least she did before she came to the public’s attention.

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A Taxing Issue

What with income taxes in the United States being due yesterday, my local newspaper (does anybody read those any more?), The Columbus Dispatch, had a tongue-in-cheek tax form that you could fill out.

For some reason it caught my eye.

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When People Went Barefoot

This is an odd little children’s story, written by Max Trell. It supposedly tells how shoes were invented.

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So, do you shovel your snow barefooted? Think it’s all the rage?

Nah, you’re just late to the party.

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You Know Where This Is Headed

A couple of days ago that haven of misinformed fluff, The Huffington Post, came up with another of their hard-hitting exposés. This time they tell you 11 Mistakes You’re Making In The Bathroom (And How To Fix Them).

Take a guess. Take a wild guess. What do you think one of the 11 mistakes involves?

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Why Not Risk Being Caught Barefooted?

That’s the title of a very interesting essay that appeared in the Cedar Rapids Gazette in September of 1951. It was the subject of a regular column called My America by a man named Harry Boyd.

I think it did a pretty good job of hitting the high points.

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The Unknown Barefooter of Badenoch

There was an interesting article the other day in the Strathspey & Banenoch Herald about a local full-time barefooter. During the winter.

And where the heck is Badenoch?

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Snippets of the 70s

The 1970s were the last time that bare feet really came to the fore, and there was an awful lot of pushback. Here are three snippets from the newspapers of the time that illustrate that.

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