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The latest video for Travis is a documentary about a special German shoemaker.

The title of the song ‘New shoes’ inspired Dutch filmmaker Johan Kramer to tell the amazing story of George Wessels, who makes large size shoes for the tallest people on earth.

Johan Kramer: “We worked in true documentary style and followed George in his daily routine and found out more about his craft, clients and compassion. We learned that most people who suffer from gigantism have serious health problems and can hardly move, let alone jet around the world…”

That’s why the shoemaker has visited lots of tall people regularly over the years, paying his own expenses and making the shoes for free. He made shoes for the 8’ Russian former basketball player Alexander Alekseyevich Sizonenko, the 7’8” Igor Vovkovinskiy, the 7′9″ Chinese Bao Xishun, the 7’9” china’s tallest woman Yao Defen and the tallest man on earth, Sultan Kosen who is 8’3”.

The Wessels’ family shoe company was founded in 1745 and when Georg Wessels took over 30 years ago the company started to specialize in oversized shoes. His dream is to have his own shoe museum in a few years….

George’s small shoeshop is located in the city of Vreden in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Source: Travis

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Chris Hadfield:
“Laundry is even easier — much like your college dorm years, we don’t even bother doing it. A good pair of jeans will last for six months in space, and I wore the same socks and underwear for four days straight (I tried to continue doing this on Earth in the name of science, but my wife objected). That’s because our clothes aren’t actually touching us — they’re floating away from our bodies, meaning they’re not pressed against our skin, soaking up all the funk. That’s not something you’d ever think of, but it makes perfect sense as soon as you experience it.
If you need a haircut, just ask a colleague to grab the hair clippers, which are connected to a vacuum tube. As a general rule, most astronauts don’t have any salon experience, but we’re more about function over fashion. Trimming my mustache was trickier and required the use of an actual vacuum cleaner, but I’m always careful when trimming it anyway, as it is the source of my power.”
Source: cracked.com - 6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong (by Astronaut Chris Hadfield)

Chris Hadfield:

Laundry is even easier — much like your college dorm years, we don’t even bother doing it. A good pair of jeans will last for six months in space, and I wore the same socks and underwear for four days straight (I tried to continue doing this on Earth in the name of science, but my wife objected). That’s because our clothes aren’t actually touching us — they’re floating away from our bodies, meaning they’re not pressed against our skin, soaking up all the funk. That’s not something you’d ever think of, but it makes perfect sense as soon as you experience it.

If you need a haircut, just ask a colleague to grab the hair clippers, which are connected to a vacuum tube. As a general rule, most astronauts don’t have any salon experience, but we’re more about function over fashion. Trimming my mustache was trickier and required the use of an actual vacuum cleaner, but I’m always careful when trimming it anyway, as it is the source of my power.”

Source: cracked.com - 6 Ways Movies Get Space Wrong (by Astronaut Chris Hadfield)

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