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Sunday Is Fun Day: The Mystery Behind Single Socks

This thought was going through my head while doing laundry, and Sunday is fun day, so here it goes. I was thinking to myself, what is going on with all of these single socks? 

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Greetings, Dr. Stephie here. I was doing laundry, and Sunday is fun day, so here it goes. 

I was thinking to myself, what is going on with all of these single socks? It drives me crazy sometimes.

I did a bit of research. The research disproved the hypothesis that the washing machine – or the dryer – is actually eating those socks. Apparently, that has been found to be rarely the truth. Maybe they can eat one or two once in a while, but they can’t eat this astounding number of socks that disappear in our household. Over the last three years, we have lost an astounding 32 socks. I know that because I keep the single socks in a separate drawer and we moved three years ago (we didn’t move any of our prior single sox!). I keep hoping to reunite some of those poor single socks. Occasionally, a reunion happens.

But the statistics don’t end there. I have lost eight. Our son lost 17, and my husband lost six. There you have it! The difference in the numbers tells the story of why many of these socks are getting lost. Our son takes them off and throws them here, there, and everywhere. Then we have a hard time finding them all. 

Do you know that there is a sock calculator that asks questions like:

  • How many people there are in the household?
  • How many precautions do you take when doing laundry? For example, are you checking the pockets of pants and shorts? Are you unrolling the sleeves? Are you turning the clothes the right way out and unrolling the socks?
  • How many washes are you doing per week?
  • How many different types of loads are you doing per week?
  • What is your attitude door towards doing laundry?
  • How many socks do you wash a week?

From that, it calculates a whopping 31% chance of us losing socks, which would lead to 16.2 socks per year. Since we only lost 32 socks over the last three years, I think we are 16 socks ahead of the game. Yay!. 

If you are heartbroken about those single socks, I can relate. However, not all hope is lost. You can go to the internet and find numerous resources on what to do with those single socks. Those pieces of advice range from just wearing unmatched socks to using them for dusting and hand puppets and all kinds of things.

That’s today’s Sunday is Fun Day. 

I’m Curious

What are you going to do with those socks?

Live Brilliantly,

Dr. Stephie

P.S.: I appreciate you commenting and sharing this Brilliance Nugget with others. Thank you!

Stephie Althouse

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