Research Challenge: Shoe-throwing

Today’s Research Challenge: Can you verify or disprove the following two claims made in a December 15, 2008 Reuters report? The claims:

1. “Throwing shoes at someone is the worst possible insult in the Arab world.”

2. “Al-Zaidi’s shoe is the most famous shoe in the whole world” [said Fawzi Akram, a Turkman lawmaker loyal to anti-American Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr].