Some things are just bad to step on or in, especially when not wearing boots, shoes, or galoshes. The author does not condone stepping on any of these for fun or by accident. Call your doctor immediately if this happens to you.
Coffee grounds. Dry grounds that missed the coffee maker will stick to the soles of your feet and the caffeine will seep into your system just before bedtime.
Chicken poop. Any poop, really, but especially chicken poop. There’s a reason they specifically call someone a “chickenshit.”
Chicken poop with hay mixed in. Although it’s fun to pull on the hay to see if you can remove the entire clump in one piece.
Lego blocks. Parents know this to be true.
Duplo Blocks. Not as sharp as regular Lego blocks, but big enough to be ankle breakers.
Those really tiny Lego blocks they make for babies to hold with their tiny little hands. These can also seep into the soles of your feet if you don’t act quickly.
Wet cement. Do you know how much heat is generated as cement dries?
Lava. Do you know how much heat is generated when lava is born?
Hot coals. Do you know how much heat is generated when you perform a stupid ritual like this?
Spent Fireworks. Do you know how much heat is still there even after several minutes? Celebrate your independence safely.
Bed of nails. These do not generate much heat unless they have been sitting out in the sun for hours.
Someone’s entrails. To be honest, this is indicative of a much worse problem.
Your own entrails. To be honest, this is indicative of a much, much worse problem.
Endive salad. To be honest, this is only on the list because I often confuse the words “entrails” and “endive,” with one being being something you eat in a salad, and the other being something you eat if you are a zombie.
Gum. Unpleasant though it may feel, when this seeps into the soles of your feet, it will make your blood smell like spearmint, which is actually kind of cool. Except you can’t smell it unless you’re bleeding. Which is so not cool.
The ashes of a famous serial killer. When this seeps into the soles of your feet, it will let him take over your body.
A bottomless pit. Although to be fair, since there’s no bottom, you’d never hit the floor. But you would probably scrape yourself on the sides something fierce, and it would be hard to climb out without your shoes.
The ocean, after a freighter from Denmark capsizes and spills millions of Lego blocks into the sea, and they wash up on on the beach and in the shallow surf. This will ruin your vacation.
Pets. In the interest of kindness, you generally should not step on your pets. As a helpful reminder, remember this palindrome: STEP ON NO PETS.
So let’s be careful out there!