Skip to main content

For Find Out Friday - Why Do Sneakers Feel the Need to Dangle From Power Lines?

All through my childhood and still on occasion, I notice sneakers tied together dangling from the power lines in the street. 

A fashion statement it is not, but never-the-less I never knew why this was a thing. Apparently some questions are not meant to be answered completely. 

The most common theories, or should I say myths, have to do with gang symbols or the presence of drug dealing. But those appear to be urban legends. 

There are a variety of reasons, young, stupid kids do the things they do. 

This activity (the proper term is “shoe tossing”) has been associated with the following reasons as well:

  • Celebrating the loss of one’s virginity;
  • As a means for bullies to remove their victim’s shoes so that they may never be able to retrieve them;
  • Celebrating a graduation or impending marriage;
  • As a means of getting rid of shoes that no longer fit; or
  • Just to see if you can.

Personally I think it’s the last one even though I have never seen anyone in the act of trying to achieve this goal. I would like to watch though to see how hard it is. 

I have never known there to be any gang nor drug activity in my neighborhood and feel like it was just a thing kids in the boroughs do because they can. Pretty much the same reason a dog licks himself. Full disclosure: I stole the last line from Mrs. Blanche Devereaux. 

Apparently some curious Australians made a documentary about this very topic called “The Mystery of Flying Kicks” (see last link below) for those who feel the need to research this further. 

I for one will only be watching if I have insomnia once again tonight. 

Or maybe I will just go outside and try it for myself to see if I have any beginners luck. 

For More Information: 


Popular posts from this blog

For Find Out Friday - Why Do Emery Boards Make My Skin Crawl?

You know that sound a fingernail makes when it scratches against a chalkboard?  You know that feeling the sound of that action gives you? I, like most people, hate that sound.  I instantly feel like scrunching my shoulders up to my neck and closing my eyes.  I feel the exact same way when I am using an emery board to file my nails. This annoying sensation has a name: “grima” which is Spanish for disgust or uneasiness. This term basically describes any feeling of being displeased, annoyed, or dissatisfied someone or something.  It is a feeling that psychologists are starting to pay more attention to as it relates to our other emotions.  Emery boards are traditionally made with cardboard that has small grains of sand adhered to them. It is the sandpaper that I believe makes me filled with grima.  According to studies that are being done around the world, it is not just the feeling that we associate with certain things like nails on a chalkboard or by using emery boards

For Find Out Friday - How Do You Milk An Almond?

Despite my affinity for cheese and other dairy products, occasionally (actually a few times a week) I like to go dairy-free.  During those times I rely heavily on my favorite brand of almond milk, as seen in the picture above.  Though I know there is no dairy in this product, I constantly wonder: “how does one milk an almond”? Logically I am aware that no actually “milking” is taking place.  I also know that almond milk can be made at home, although I have zero interest in attempting to make it despite my love of spending time in my kitchen. So, what is the actual process?  How long does it take?  When / where / who was the first to successful develop this product? When talking about this kind of “milk” what we are really talking about is plant juices that resemble and can be used in the same ways as dairy milk. Plant like juice has been described as milk since about 1200 A.D. The first mentions can be found in a Baghdadi cookbook in the thirteenth

For a Doughnut Worthy of Food Network Glory: “Dun-Well Doughnuts”

All because I wanted a Boston creme doughnut. That is how this blog truly began. It was Father’s Day weekend and although I was initially thinking of myself, I knew my father wouldn’t mind having a sweet treat for dessert. Brooklyn is synonymous with great pizza, bread, and of course bagels. But it also has many great bakeries producing some of the most delicious doughnuts you have ever tasted. Just to name a few, there is: Doughnut Plant , Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop and Dough .   On the day of my craving, I did what any of us do countless times a day - I opened Google. When I Googled “best Boston creme doughnuts in Brooklyn” Dun-Well Doughnuts appeared high on that list. Intrigued I researched it further and learned that it had won the Canadian  Food Network’s contest called “Donut Showdown” in 2013. That was enough information for me to decide to visit the very next day.  Dun-Well Doughnuts was opened by Dan Dunbar and Christopher Hollowell in December 2011. Despite