Mary Jane

January 25, 2010 at 11:09 PM | Uncategorized | No Comments

“I got some new shoes today”, Lauren says. “Tennis shoes that aren’t really tennis shoes… they’re cut like Mary Janes.”

To which I replied, “Whaa….?” Her statement made no sense to me at all.

You see, there’s only 2 Mary Jane’s that I am familiar with. One is Spider-Man’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson… as in “Face it, Tiger, You Just Hit The Jackpot!” The other Mary Jane that I am familiar wi… er, what I mean to say is, the other place where I have heard the term “Mary Jane” is in reference to marijuana. Makes sense, right? Even though it does not have a similar pronunciation, you can tell how it got that nickname. How does this all relate to tennis shoes?

For the uninformed (just like I was), here is a link to the Wikipedia entry on Mary Jane (shoes): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Jane_%28shoe%29. Chances are, you’ve seen them before, just never knew they had a name. I had always thought they were just shoes with straps. People gotta go and be naming everything, I guess.

Interestingly enough, Lauren had not heard of the latter Mary Jane context. Turns out, we both knew the Spider-Man one, though.

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