shoes stories

It used to be that the only thing to do with an old pair of shoes was to tie the laces together and chuck them up over a telephone line. Now, a better answer has come along: just bury them in your backyard, and they'll magically grow into something beautiful.
If you don't like taking off your shoes in the airport security line, you can blame triacetone triperoxide (or TATP), the hard-to-detect explosive used in the likes of shoe bombs. Well, you'll still have to take off your footwear to get scanned, but TATP just got a lot easier to spot thanks to researchers at the University of Illinois.