Again, what compels people to do this?

In a previous post I blathered on about my inability to understand why hunters pose for photos while basically fondling their dead prey.

sneaks1 sneaks2

Now, onto a more urban matter: Using electrical lines to display sneakers and other assorted body wear.

(Gloves photo courtesy Concetta Smith)

6 thoughts on “Again, what compels people to do this?

  1. Connie says:

    Well, I consulted a co-worker of mine- thinking he would have an answer that suited this inquiry…an answer more sufficient than…”people just do it for fun” He didn’t have a better answer- people really throw their shoes, gloves etc on the wires just for kicks… it has no purpose other than that. Hmmmm- I think I will tie string around naked baby doll necks and throw them up there too. How’s that for laughs!?!

  2. DKN says:

    OMG. This is so weird. I was JUST wondering this myself the other day walking home because we have tennis shoes hanging from power lines all over Ditmars. We also used to have them behind Free State (the restaurant in Lawrence, KS where John and I met)…and rumor had it the cooks would do it to other cooks on their last day of working there as sort of a send off. I’ve never been able to figure out why people do it out here. My guess is it’s a teen-aged guy “wedgie” sort of ritual…I wonder how it started.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Your post inspired me to do a google search for “shoes telephone wire.” I found a bunch of theories and explanations but the most common theme says that it’s to signify a drug house. So I guess if you were wandering the streets in search of your drug of choice and found a pair of shoes hanging on a wire outside a house, you could just knock on the door and make your order? Or have a very awkward moment upon learning that some kid was just being mean to his younger brother…

  4. mmalan says:

    I was about to say that, in the interest of making a mark in the world or somesuch, I would throw my shoes over a telephone wire if I could throw that hard.

    But I wouldn’t want people coming after my giant bottles of ibuprofen, so I won’t.

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