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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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Penny Arcadia — Part 3

Let me wrap up the story of Arcadia, CA’s 1965 attempt to ban bare feet in all civic buildings. It was a win . . .

. . . but not really.

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Penny Arcadia — Part 2

I’m going to continue looking at the attempt in Arcadia, CA to pass an ordinance banning bare feet in all city buildings. On Friday we saw two articles from just before the City Council was scheduled to meet in June of 1965.

But what started it?

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Penny Arcadia — Part 1

During the barefoot time of the 1960s there was always a set of authoritarians who thought governments ought to get involved to ban bare feet.

Today I have the story of Arcadia, California.

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Battle of the Bans

When all of the barefoot bans started occurring in the late-1960s/early1970s, not everybody just took them lying down. There was a fair bit of discussion about them in the newspapers.

And there were letters to the editor.

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Palm Beach Barefoot Riff-Raff

When I wrote about Dressing Constitutionally, one of the cases I highlighted was DeWeese v. Town of Palm Beach, in which an ordinance requiring shirts on men was tossed as unconstitutional.

It turns out that the original ordinance also made it illegal to go barefoot.

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No Bare Feet In This Store

The anti-barefoot attitude of stores was in full swing in the 1970s. Here’s an article that documents it pretty well.

See how many flaws you can spot in it regarding the excuses.

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Karnac the Magnificent

I came across this newspaper column from 1941. It’s an interesting look at barefooting outside the big city.

And it turns out the author makes a prediction that hits pretty close to the mark.

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Snakebitten

Barefooters will get comments from people who ask if they aren’t concerned about venomous snakes. The thing is, when it comes to such snakes, being barefoot really isn’t that much more dangerous.

I’ve got two snakebite stories here to show that.

[Warning: one of my pictures will be really horrible looking (no, it's not "graphic", the latest euphemism; it's "horrible"), so be careful clicking through.]

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