Monday, December 12, 2011

on a wire

on a wire

While playing frisbee with Tai and Sugar in the field today, I noticed this pair of sneakers hanging from a telephone wire.  I have always wondered what it meant.  Is it some adolescent right of passage?  A secret sign only understood by UFO's?  There was only one way to find out.  Google.  I found a few different explanations. 

1) The shoes increase wire visibility for low-flying aircraft.
2) It is popularly believed that tennis shoes hanging from utility wires signifies a place where one can buy drugs.
3) Another folk belief holds that boys who have just "scored" for the first time, throw their shoes over a wire.

Let's just say - you won't be seeing tennis shoes hanging from a telephone wire in front of my house.

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