Many people, including Harry Houdini, think that sword swallowing is just a gimmick and that the performers use a collapsible sword. Sword swallowing is very real. The swords are dull, but still pointed and must be a minimum of 38 cm (just over a foot) in length. Sword swallowing is inherently dangerous because of the important organs the sword passes by during the swallow.
Many people wear terrible shoes in the name of fashion or a mandated dress code. Poor shoes can lead to a litany of short term and long term health issues. If you commonly wear heels, flip flops, pointy toed shoes, or just uncomfortable shoes in general, I urge you to reconsider your shoe choices--it just isn’t worth it. Men are not immune to injuries and pain from shoe choices either. Besides flip flops, which are commonplace among almost everybody, dress shoes designed for men are not always designed with comfort and function in mind.