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You’re SURE we’re supposed to throw these?



Recently, I ranted here about the sad state of today’s political protesters.

And now, more evidence that protest isn’t what it used to be. Note this caption informing us that these protesters are throwing “cobblestones, Molotov cocktails and shoes” at riot police.

Shoes? Sure enough, the street is littered with footwear. So, let’s see. We have cobblestone streets, which are hard to walk on, we have broken glass and flames from the Molotovs, and protesters creeping over that stuff BAREFOOT because they hurled their Pumas!

Gosh, I can’t imagine how the cops are going to identify the culprits. “ATTENTION! Will every foot surgeon in Budapest please report to Hungarian General Hospital? Take your time.”

It’s time to give the oath of office to your shoes…



Blog Guy, a couple of days ago you showed pictures of Sarah Palin’s shoes, and said that was an important part of covering prominent women. That was just a joke, right?

Uh, sure, if you want it to be. On the other hand, this photo here shows Sarah Palin’s shoes at a campaign appearance in Colorado yesterday, and below you can see three different pairs of former candidate Hillary Clinton’s shoes from her campaign for the nomination.

Women in the news: thinking on their feet


Blog Guy, I’ve seen some recent pictures of Sarah Palin’s shoes. My impression is that readers are very interested in the shoes of important women. Do you agree?

palin-shoes-200.jpgYou’re so right! When people hear about a woman in a prominent position, the first thing they always ask is, ”What about her shoes?”

This is a sandal scandal!


versace-120.jpgI know everybody is influenced by everybody else in the fashion industry, but… Our photo caption on this Fashion Week shot from Milan calls this a Versace “creation.”

Pardon me? I believe this form of footwear has been around since folks were numbering their years with BC instead of AD. Sandals were not  created for some Milan fashion show.

I got the blues in my shoes…


smurf-160.jpgYou seem to have close connections to the fashion world, Blog Boy, so I’ll be blunt. I’m a Smurf, and as far as short, troll-like blue creatures are concerned, haute couture ain’t makin’ it!

Do they think we can’t AFFORD designer clothes? Because let me tell you, some of us have wads of money, what with royalties on toys, television residuals, endorsements and what not!

Minty-fresh feet for the well-heeled…


feet.jpgAre your feet so stinky you can empty a room just by taking your shoes off? This is a problem in Japan, where it’s common to remove shoes in homes and restaurants.

Now, they’ve come up with mint-scented  inserts that pump out a menthol fresh  burst every step you take, so you needn’t do anything radical, like wash your feet occasionally.

I’d like two miles of shoelaces, please


Just yesterday, we had a look at an impractical pair of high-fashion boots – see Something drastic in plastic. Now, the designers at Milan’s fashion week have given us a pair of shoes that make those boots look positively utilitarian.

Take a look at these puppies. Elaborate simulations in our test lab found that it takes about 42 minutes to put them on and lace them up, so if you want to wear them down to breakfast, I hope you like your Jimmy Dean Biscuit Sandwiches cold. I guess you could just put one of them on and hop to breakfast, but mixing your Tang standing on one leg isn’t easy. And let’s say you have a bad case of athlete’s foot, and you really itch. Do you want miles of laces between you and some relief?

Ed, did you find my shoes? Ed? Ed?


cobra300.jpgWe have a video report that raises sort of a theological question. Who has done more good for mankind – the person who produced shoes festooned with precious gems to sell for $134,000 a pair, or the one who thought of guarding those shoes with a live cobra?

Yeah, it’s close, but I’m inclined to say the latter. The notion of a lethal deterrent has many handy home applications, especially in the area of dieting. I’ve now set scorpions loose in our potato chip drawer, put black widow spiders in our jar of Junior Mints, and let leeches run wild in the four places where we keep our jelly doughnuts. I also tried putting venomous snakes in with my Ben & Jerry’s, but they don’t seem too intimidating after a night in the freezer.