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Where God left his shoes. . .

I’ve never heard anyone other than my Dad use this expression, and he came by it honestly, growing up in the wilds of North Dakota on a farm with no trees around, just corn I guess or hay or something really mid-western. (I’ll look for the picture and post it some time) To us Californians, North Dakota is definitely “where God lost his shoes”. I always wondered, “Where does He go without his shoes?”

February 7, 2008 - Posted by | Proverbs and Sayings


  1. Can you explain me what it really means, Susan? I don’t get it…
    In German we have a “funny” one about God:

    “Wo Gott eine Kirche errichtet, daneben errichtet der Teufel eine Kneipe.”
    Where God builds a church, the Devil builds a bar close by.

    Comment by Miki | February 8, 2008

  2. It is not deep in meaning at all I don’t think. It simply refers to a place that is so far away from anything that’s really going on, that you would find God’s shoes left there. Maybe He worked so hard creating the world that He had to take his shoes off when He got to the end of it so that He could put his feet up in his easy recliner chair, have a glass of beer and watch the Super Bowl. I wouldn’t know.

    Comment by Susan | February 8, 2008

  3. That reminds me of a great stand-up routine by Ricky Gervais, where he’s parodying the Bible and concludes that, because it was some time before God created light, he must’ve been a seriously clever dude, because he made everything else in the dark!!!

    Comment by kevmoore | February 8, 2008

  4. The equivalent expression in romanian is : la mama dracului! (at devil’s mother place…)

    Comment by iondanu | February 8, 2008

  5. Whew! Thanks Danu. I was hoping this expression wasn’t just a Loffswold thing (that’s my maiden name, can you believe it?) Dracului is a great word. The name Dracula (for the vampire count) must come from your word for devil – interesting.

    Comment by Susan | February 8, 2008

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