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March 6, 2008

How surreal is this?

I never thought I'd ever see a video clip of Isaac Hanson (from the band of the same name) giving away his shoes to a homeless man in Baltimore.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 1:21 PM | | Comments (5)
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Hm, while this fellow appears quite generous on the surface, I noticed a few things.

1) The homeless man is shown taking off his sneakers, which look very comfortable and seem to be in relatively good condition (they're not dirty).

2) He's trading said sneakers for a pair of TOMS (, which are comfortable for about a week before they feel like pieces of cardboard. Not to mention, they don't have much insulation against the cold!

I'm wondering what the motive here is. If I were Isaac, I'd probably say, "Wait... your shoes are way better than mine are, man. You don't want them. Here's a coffee and a sandwich though."


You're absolutely right. Something smells funny about this whole escapade ... and it's not just that bum's feet.

"I bought these shoes from a hobo." - Homer J. Simpson

You want to see something surreal, check out the crowd at a Hanson show. They've got some of the rowdiest fans I've ever seen. They were about to kill each other over who got in the venue first.

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