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.
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.]
Two weeks ago was the “Hall of Fame Championship” in Newport, Rhode Island. I have no idea why the International Tennis Hall of Fame is there, but hey, it has to be somewhere, right?
You never see the professionals play their tennis barefoot, but what else are you to do when you are inducted and your footwear sucks?
While we can complain about how judges cheat, we mustn’t forget that the only reason it gets to judges for them to cheat is because administrators have to cheat first.
Administrators first have to make up specious reasons for enforcing a rule that infringes on personal liberty. Then they have to double down and decide to fight to keep their rule, often in the process coming up with even more ridiculous justifications. I am also deeply suspicious that some of this is prompted by their own incompetence in dealing with something that ought to be part of their daily competence.
I’m reminded of this by a recent story about a kindergartner’s mohawk haircut.
There have been two stories in the news lately about women having to give up high heels. One is about Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Jessica Parker Is Done With High Heels… Unless They’re Really, Really Nice; and the other about Jessica Simpson, Jessica Simpson Stops Wearing Heels During Second Pregnancy, Practices Walking In Flats.
The real question is why so many women voluntarily wear the things that will ruin their feet.
One of the “Weird News” stories going around yesterday was this one from the Leopold Museum in Austria, Nude Museum: Austria’s Leopold Lets Visitors Enjoy Without Clothes.
It was part of their current exhibit, “Nude Men from 1800 to Today”.
But there was something just not quite right . . .