Curious? I'll tell you. The patent for a particular variety of pedicure toe separator is up for grabs. No really, it is. I certainly wouldn't tease about something as important as this. Seriously, I know this is an item you just can't live without.
This is no ordinary toe separator. Instead of the single piece type that you have to spread your toes to uncomfortable proportions to use, this kind is a small, square piece with an opening on one side. These are placed on the inside toes next to the middle ones, spacing them in that manner. They are touted to have sides that separate the toes with a bottom edge that provides comfortable support while stabilizing the toes. The individual nature of these pieces allows for adjustablitly per toe size as well as ease of wear and removal. Personally, I don't see the need. I can spread my toes so they're not touching but okay, not everyone can do that.
Anyway, this nifty little gizmo was invented by Swanson Sharaf Cotton of Las Vegas, Nevada. One of the design features listed for this specific style is that the full-foot separator is too cumbersome to wear except for during the actual pedicure. Cotton's invention is smaller which permits the wearer to sport them in any open-toed sandal both before and after a pedicure. Hm, never even considered it but sure, if they suit your fashion needs, why not?
Why anyone would want to let this baby go, I can't begin to guess but it's true. It is up for auction at the Free Paton Auction. It opened last August 22 and ends this August 21 at 5:00. Sorry, it doesn't list a time zone. Why so long? Not a clue. Perhaps that's how this sort of thing always works. The current bid is still the opening bid, $100.000. I know, such a bargain price! I suspect everyone is waiting until the very second so as not to drive the price up. If you want in, better mark your calendars now. I'm sure there'll be a real bidding frenzy the last five minutes and I know you don't want to miss out.
Tour de France is having a rest day today. Back tomorrow.