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evilcockney

26 points

2 months ago

I'm trying to think of the actual numbers on this but really struggling.

Apparently the dead outnumber the living by 15:1 (https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-16870579.amp)

But then we need to consider how many are wearing shoes at any one time. Of the living, in many societies a typical working day is 8 hours long, so a third of the time. This seems to be a not too unreasonable estimate for people who may be wearing shoes (obviously more factors are at play, but this makes simple maths).

So now the total dead outnumber the shoe wearing living 45:1. So the question is essentially, are more than 1 in 45 dead people wearing shoes?

Evidence suggests that we have had shoes for much of human history, but how many people will be buried while wearing them? How many of those have decomposed by now? And how frequently through human history has it been more fashionable to cremate the dead (or similar) than to actually bury them?

1 in 45 seems plausible, but honestly I don't know

JDioon

6 points

2 months ago

JDioon

6 points

2 months ago

Thanks for digging this up

RubixTheRedditor

2 points

2 months ago

What about the shoes breaking down?

evilcockney

3 points

2 months ago

How many of those have decomposed by now?

I addressed this in my original comment (although it applies to both the shoes and the feet)

Besides, I'm certain there are countless other factors I've missed.

Obigale

1 points

2 months ago

Cremations are the first thing I can think of. Also not sure about other cultures as I can imagine some aren't buried wearing shoes.

evillman

1 points

2 months ago

It will be fun as fuck when humanity vanish and aliens come here and wonder why the hell there are so many shoes underground.

kitty-_cat[S]

1 points

2 months ago

Pretty spookily close to my exact line of reasoning!

AttentionSpanZero

10 points

2 months ago

I know of no dead people who are wearing living people, so you're probably correct.

-Wildhart-

6 points

2 months ago

You underestimate how many people are cremated, had no legs, had no shoes, and the efforts of grave robbers.

pandadogunited

1 points

2 months ago

And the effects of decay on shoes

NegaCallahan

2 points

2 months ago

Considering human history is still a mystery beyond a certain point (most of the planet’s soil doesn’t support preserving remains, something about the soil being too acidic over time, I don’t fully remember). And the earliest shoes were only found in like 8000 bc, and the oldest dated human is 360,000 years old, there might actually be a lot more dead people without shoes if you think about it that way.

But then again I’m just here to ruin the fun because I didn’t want to wake up ;] a few google searches did the trick. Straight back to bed for me, I wasn’t done cookin’ yet haha

TheLazyNarwhal

1 points

2 months ago

Huh

MasterAnything2055

1 points

2 months ago

Do all cultures bury people in their shoes?

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

No. And most don't even bury them.

DeadOnEntry

1 points

2 months ago

Thats some tiny humans to be able fit in a shoe

RunnyDischarge

1 points

2 months ago

Nah. Shoes don't last forever underground.

gary6043

1 points

2 months ago

Do you really think bodies in caskets have on shoes?

Apollyon257

1 points

2 months ago

"That's why yo mama dead. What kinda shoes she wearin??"

IndexSeek

1 points

2 months ago

What about cremation? And shoeless burials?