Canada’s Secret Foot Fetish?

Something strange is afoot in the Great White North! For more than 40 years the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon has served up the SourToe cocktail, a shot of whisky with a mummified toe bobbing inside. Those who touch the petrified, severed toe to their lips get a certificate.

Earlier this week a panic ensued when the Downtown Hotel’s toe was stolen.“We are furious,” said Terry Lee of the hotel. “Toes are very hard to come by.”  Relax, it was later returned because the one thing Canadians like better than toes is honesty.  Now back to my theory about Canada having a foot fetish. In Canada individual toes may be hard to come by, but entire feet are not!

In addition to having drinks with toes in them, which I believe to be a very common practice all over Canada, there is more evidence that our friendly neighbors to the north may like feet a little too much. Look what comes up when I search “feet Canada”. How do you like that top one?

Yes, the second one is equally disturbing but I’m only going to hit on the first one here because, believe it or not, I have already mentioned this subject on #ThePhilFactor previously. 12 times in the last 10 years a severed foot in a jogging shoe has washed up on the shore of British Columbia. I was made aware of this phenomenon by a fellow blogger in 2007 when it started happening. You can Google for plenty of pictures, which I won’t put here because I assume you’re all reading this in the morning over breakfast. Here’s the headline from last November:

How in bloody hell has the Dudley Do-Right Canadian police force not solved this crime? They ride on horses and don’t have guns. That sounds like a crack crime solving squad to me. Has it occurred to anyone that the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City might just have a closet full of feet and they just pop off a toe when they need one for their signature drink? Mystery solved. You’re welcome Canada!

Even if the hotel isn’t the culprit, what is going on in Canada with feet? More interesting is why no one has shown up to claim the feet? Also did the Canadians change to the metric system so that they could say metres instead of feet, which might have been too distracting to them on a daily basis? By the time some of you read this, I’ll be in Canada today to get to the bottom of this mystery. Hopefully when it’s all over I’ll put two feet down on the American side of the border. Of course if I lose one, I know where to look for it.

Have a great weekend! ~Phil


17 responses to “Canada’s Secret Foot Fetish?

  1. I’ll be honest, I scrolled through… I hate feet!

  2. hehehe That feature photo forced me to stop and take a much closer look. I was actually RELIEVED to learn that it was a petrified toe rather than something even more heinous 😉

    After eating the worm in the bottom of a bottle of Mescal in college (it’s actually a moth larvae), the petrified toe kiss seems almost civilized. 😉

  3. hahaha Mine are still attached!

  4. As a Canadian, I would love for you to solve this foot mystery!! Some people say it’s an organised crime ring – so if you want to hit up the Canadian mob (run by Big Bill the Beaver), you might get some answers, but more likely you’ll leave with one less foot. 😉

    On a more serious note: I have heard that it might be connected to the hundreds of missings that we have amongst our Aboriginal and First Nations communities. While most of these missings are women, some are men, which would account for the male feet found washing up on shore. Just a theory proposed a few years back, but one that could possibly be true.

  5. Why are we not spending more time talking about the toe thing? I have so many questions.

    I have comments.

    I have… concerns.

    Somebody get me a whiskey.

  6. Feet are good and feet are fine
    I like feet all of the time
    Standing running or at rest
    Or dismembered in my ice chest.

  7. We had something similar in Britain last year (maybe two years ago) – albeit with less feet overall. A severed foot was found (by a dog walker if I remember rightly). No other body parts, no missing person / murder case etc. Then another rocked up. Everyone assumed it was the other half of the pair, but no. Another left foot. And then another, found in a garden. None of them had DNA evidence so police now seem to think they were medical specimens. But they’re no closer to knowing WHY some weirdo would think leaving tootsie treats lying about was a good idea!

  8. Umm, I am sitting on my couch after reading this post in stunned silence. What in the actual hell Yukon?? No. No. No. As a Canadian, I am mystified, and slightly horrified, that ANYONE would want a petrified toe in their drink, but that they even think about touching it with their lips is seriously disturbing! GROSS! And regarding the feet washing up on shore…someone needs to figure it out, like stat. I am heading to the beach later today and I DO NOT want to see any feet unless they are attached to two living legs! Right now I am seriously disappointed in my country. Please save us, Phil!

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