A median at an intersection in a small Massachusetts town has become the unexpected site of a strange mystery known to residents as simply 'shoe island.' The weirdness reportedly began sometime last year when drivers in the community of Granby noticed that someone had deposited a pair of old shoes on a patch of concrete separating a pair of prominent roads in the town. Soon more discarded footwear began appearing at the spot until it blossomed into a full blown phenomenon this summer.
A town worker tasked with keeping the roads clean explained that freshly-discarded footwear appears on the median almost as soon as it gets cleared and expressed bewilderment by the seemingly unending wave of shoes. "All I know is we have to pick up a number of shoes," David Desrosiers said, "sometimes a single shoe, sometimes a pair, no rhyme or reason." The footwear itself does indeed run the gamut of styles from ballet flats to hiking boots, leading him to speculate that perhaps people leaving shoes at the site is just "a trendy thing to do in the town."
More on this strange story at the Coast to Coast AM website.