Sunday, January 23, 2011

100 Ways to Piss Off Your Friends. #37 Shoe Tossing

#37. When the opportunity comes, take your friends shoes and tie the laces together and toss onto telephone wires, powerlines, or whatever raised wires you could find.

Just kidding. We do not want to purposely piss anyone off... let alone your FRIENDS! I took this photo after my morning run today and I just laughed. It makes me wonder why people have to toss their shoes over power cables. I thought maybe it's some folklore so I googled it. Would you believe that SHOE TOSSING is a folk sport? Really silly. But I went on to read more about it on Wikipedia and came up with this.

"Shoe flinging occurs throughout the United States, in rural as well as in urban areas. A number of sinister explanations have been proposed as to why this is done. Some say that shoes hanging from the wires advertise a local crack house where crack cocaine is used and sold (in which case the shoes are sometimes referred to as "Crack Tennies"). It can also relate to a place where heroin is sold to symbolize the fact that once you take heroin you can never 'leave': a reference to the addictive nature of the drug. Others claim that the shoes so thrown commemorate a gang-related murder, or the death of a gang member, or as a way of marking gang turf. A newsletter from the mayor of Los Angeles, California cites fears of many Los Angeles residents that "these shoes indicate sites at which drugs are sold or worse yet, gang turf," and that city and utility employees had launched a program to remove the shoes. However, the practice also occurs along relatively remote stretches of rural highways that are unlikely scenes for gang murders, and have no structures at all to be crack houses."

Haha so is my neighborhood part of a crack dealership? That's interesting. Haha. I don't know what all the deal is behind shoe tossing but I think it's just plainly for pissing people off. Good morning, everyone! =)

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