Wednesday, March 21, 2007

YOUR 15 MINUTES: $2500 Stinky Feet

Thirteen-year-old Katharine Tuck's sneakers smell as bad as they look. Now, at least, the Utah seventh-grader can afford some new ones. On Tuesday, she out-ranked six other children to win $2,500 in the 32nd annual National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest, stinking up the joint with a pair of well-worn 1½-year-old Nikes so noxious they had the judges wincing. "I'm so proud of the little stinker," said her mother, Paula Tuck. Ah, the foul smell of success. Katharine has used the sneakers to play soccer and basketball, hiked in them, even waded into the Great Salt Lake, where they were infiltrated by brine shrimp. The contest, founded in 1975 as a sporting goods store promotion and now sponsored by the manufacturer of anti-foot odor products, pits children from around the United States who have won state-level competitions for the generally cruddy condition of their footwear. Contestants had to jump in place once and make one full turn in place before taking off their shoes and handing them to the judges. It was 24 degrees outside, but only one of the kids wore socks -- foot sweat is a boon, not a bane, in this game. Katharine and her father missed a connecting flight and had to drive part of the way to Vermont. Their luggage still had not arrived Tuesday. Her mother had the foresight to warn her not to ship her prized shoes in her checked baggage. Mercifully for airport security screeners, she did not wear them, either, opting to carry them in her purse.

My parents would've been mortified if I had stinky shoes and would've disowned me for entering them into a contest . Um hello, hygiene…ever hear of it? There’s no way around that $2,500 not being immediately invested into anti-fungal foot cream. This contest just killed this girl's chance at a date before the age of 39.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow - she is fat.

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