Now as a kid you pick up all manner of songs, stupid jokes and stories. Given my particular familiarity with the Goodyear logo, I experienced instant confusion about the lyrics to a particular song.
“Mom, what’s the symbol on that building?”
“It’s a company logo for Goodyear.”
“A tire company.”
“So why does that song tell the tire company not to bother it? What if you need tires?”
“You know, ‘shoe fly, don’t bother me’?”
“OH! That’s ‘shoo fly’ as in ‘go away, fly’…they’re not talking about the Goodyear logo.”
“What? But it sounds like they are. That’s weird. It’s a shoe fly. That’s the only thing it is. Why would Goodyear have a shoe fly for a logo for tires?”
“It’s related to the Greek god Hermes, the winged messenger.”
“Oh. Well what does a Greek god have to do with tires?”
It’s no small wonder that inevitably my mother would grow weary of my questions and tell me to go look it up. I read dictionaries and encyclopedias incessantly. This was long before Wikipedia and Google, so Very Important Questions about the shoe fly were left unresolved for years.