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Disney Gets Patent to Take Pictures of People's Feet

It could track theme park guests by their shoes

(Newser) - Disney has received a patent to take pictures of visitors' feet at its theme parks, the Los Angeles Times reports. Specifically, the patent titled System and method using foot recognition to create a customized guest experience would scan guests shoes when they enter the park then track them as the... More »

Body Wearing 'Cement Shoes' Floats Ashore in NYC

The corpse had a Virgin Mary tattoo

(Newser) - Police are trying to identify the body of a man who washed ashore in New York City with his arms tied behind his back and his feet encased in concrete, the AP reports. At a news conference Tuesday in Queens, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that the body was... More »

They're Back: Shoes Containing Human Feet Found in Canada

More than a dozen have washed ashore since 2007

(Newser) - After a short respite, athletic shoes containing human feet are once again washing up on Canadian shores, the Guardian reports. Earlier this month, a family visiting a Vancouver Island beach made a "grisly discovery," according to the CBC . "We had a look at it for about five... More »

Women Have Surgery So Designer Heels Fit Better

When Hitchhiker's Toe and Christian Louboutins clash

(Newser) - How far are women willing to go for fashion? According to the New York Times , pretty far. The newspaper walks a mile in the shoes of a handful of LA- and NYC-based podiatrists who perform procedures specifically designed to help women fit comfortably into designer heels. What types of surgery... More »

Your Feet: Home to Lots of Fungus

New study finds nearly 200 different types of fungi on feet

(Newser) - If you always thought feet were kind of gross, you were right: There are almost 200 different types of fungi living on them, a new study finds. In fact, though fungi live all over your skin, they most like to congregate on the heel (home to 80 different types), between... More »

Want to Run Barefoot at Your Gym? Good Luck

Fellow joggers will be 'repulsed' by the practice

(Newser) - Joggers who love running barefoot are trying to bring the fad into fitness clubs—but fellow members and gym owners are saying no way, the Wall Street Journal reports. Fitness chains cite health concerns in banning the practice, and shoe-wearing members cite disgust over naked feet sweating on tracks and... More »

Participants Burn Feet at Tony Robbins Seminar

San Jose Fire Dept treated 'several' people for injuries

(Newser) - Ouch—mind was overcome by matter at a self-help seminar last night when participants scorched their feet during a motivational walk across hot coals. The San Jose Fire Department swooped in and treated "several" people for burn injuries, reports the Mercury News . The event was hosted by feel-good guru... More »

'Serial Foot Licker' Busted

Anthony Perri faces sex abuse charges

(Newser) - Gross Crime of the Day: A man was arrested yesterday after allegedly fondling and licking the feet of two children in an upstate New York library. Anthony S. Perri faces sex abuse and other charges; he is accused of taking off the children's shoes and then pressing their feet... More »

Another Foot Sneaks Ashore in Canada

Appendage doesn't jog any theories

(Newser) - This mystery has legs. Yet another sneakered foot has washed ashore in Canada, becoming about the 12th such find in four years. The foot, inside a running shoe, with a bit of leg bone attached, was spotted floating along the shore of Vancouver's False Creek, reports AP . The others... More »

Woman Stabs Man Who Called Her Feet 'Smelly'

Washington teen overreacts to taunting at party, prosecutors say

(Newser) - Smell someone's fragrant feet? Might be best to keep your mouth shut. An 18-year-old Washington woman has been charged with assault after stabbing a fellow partygoer for taunting her about her smelly feet, prosecutors say. Dallas Smith tried and failed to do a backflip, which led to some taunting, the... More »

Canada May Have a Match in Case of Severed Feet

New left foot also in New Balance sneaker

(Newser) - Another severed foot in an athletic shoe has washed up on a Canadian shore, the sixth in a bizarre series of feet found over the last 15 months, reports the Vancouver Sun. The left foot, encased in a New Balance running shoe, was found earlier this week on a riverbank... More »

Canadian Foot Linked to Depressed Man

First to be identified in mysterious case of dismembered feet

(Newser) - One of five dismembered feet that have mysteriously washed ashore near Vancouver over the past year has been linked by DNA to a depressed man who disappeared a year ago, police announced. Investigators released no other information at the family's request. The foot is the first to be identified in... More »

Mysterious Human Feet Baffle Police

Speculation afoot around washed up body parts

(Newser) - Police are struggling to explain a string of washed up human feet found on beaches along one 125-mile stretch of British Columbia. So far five of the grisly, sneaker-clad appendages have been found, and all are right feet. “It’s a mystery,” said one Royal Canadian Mounted Police... More »

Keep Your Feet Pain-Free

Hint: Ditch the flip-flops for comfy sneakers

(Newser) - Watch out for those summertime flip-flops and ballet flats: Prolonged use could give you a painful foot condition, a podiatrist tells NPR. Shoes without enough arch or back support put too much strain on an important piece of tissue called the plantar fascia. Fashionable or not, it's better to go... More »

Sixth Foot Washes Ashore in Canada

'It's very unusual,' say stumped local cops

(Newser) - Yet another severed foot—the sixth in a year and second this week—washed ashore yesterday in Canada on an island near Vancouver. Like all but one of the others, it was a sneaker-clad right foot. "It's very unusual," said a police spokeswoman. "To my knowledge, we... More »

5th Severed Foot Steps Up Canadian Probe

'This could take some time,' says cop

(Newser) - Yet another severed foot—the fifth in a year—has washed ashore in British Columbia, causing authorities to take a fresh look at evidence. This is the first sneaker-clad left foot to be found so far. "We're certainly not discounting the possibility that this may be linked to the... More »

Flip-Flops: Bad for Politicians, Even Worse for Your Feet

Footwear favorite alters gait, puts stress on limbs

(Newser) - Flip-flops—the lightweight footwear appearing farther afield than just the beach these days—may be damaging to your health, Newsweek reports. Flip-flop wearers take shorter steps, need more movements to go the same distance they would with regular shoes, and, a study shows, face higher risk of muscle and joint... More »

Severed Feet Stump Cops in Canada

Fourth sneakered foot in 10 months washes up on shore

(Newser) - A fourth foot in a sneaker has washed up on a Canadian shore, leaving investigators more puzzled than ever. Each of the three previous right feet have been in sneakers and have washed up on different islands near Vancouver over the last 10 months, reports the Globe and Mail. The... More »

Those Shoes Are Just Killing Your Feet

Experts say barefoot would be better

(Newser) - Walk a mile in my shoes? No way, researchers say—even comfortable shoes warp how we walk and damage our bodies. "With one carelessly designed instrument, our shoes, we have warped the pure anatomical form of human gait," one expert wrote. So Brooklyn scribe Adam Sternbergh walks a... More »

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