Day 21: Telegraph pole appreciation day

Day 21: Telegraph pole appreciation day

Yep, apparently today is telegraph pole appreciation day.

I don’t know, I don’t make them up…

But it did remind me of something: shoes on telephone wires. Remember I mentioned those a few days ago?

Well, I said I’d come back to them, and here I am.

You still see shoes on telephone wires today, but I feel like there were more when I was a kid. I don’t know.

I do know that I want to know wtf is going on there though—why shoes in the air?

I went a-hunting for information, and found several explanations but nothing definitive. Here are a few—you decide:

  • The ancient custom of shoe tossing, particularly to mark an event or rite of passage, like getting married or the end of a school year.
  • Bullying—someone steals your shoes and then flings them up high where you’ll never get them back.
  • Drugs—here’s the spot where you can score your Es or whatever.
  • Practical joke on drunks—steal their shoes when they’re passed out and fling them at a wire.
  • Commemorating the death of a gang or group member.

Who knows where this started?

What do you think?

Set a timer for 5 minutes and write about it.

Happy writing!



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