Where Do Missing Socks Go?

MISSING SINCE OCTOBER 2010

Sock that matches this sock missing since October 2010.  Its twin sock misses it very much.  Please contact if seen.  No questions asked.     Description: brown, tan, and pink striped knee high sock.  Looked adorable with brown flats.
Sock that matches this sock missing since October 2010. Its twin sock misses it very much. Please contact if seen. No questions asked. Description: brown, tan, and pink striped knee high sock. Looked adorable with brown flats.

Can They Find Their Way Home?

In this investigative report, we will explore a serious issue: where do missing socks go

It has happened to everyone.  You do a load of laundry.  You wash and then dry.  When you go to fold the laundry, you no longer have a pair of socks.  You just have one lonesome sock.  Where did its partner go?  You look everywhere.  You retrace your steps.  You go back to the washer, back to the dryer, scope out the floors, look in the laundry basket - but no sock.  Where did it go? 

This can be a desperate situation.  Studies have shown, if the missing sock does not reappear within the first 24 hours, your chances of finding that sock decrease by 75%.  OK, I just made that up, but whatever.  You probably aren't going to find that sock.  Let's attempt to solve this mystery.

The First 24 Hours Are Crucial

The best strategy in a crisis situation such as this one is to think like a sock. Please imagine: "If I were a sock, where would I go?" Would you go behind the dryer or get stuck in the sleeve of a sweatshirt? Maybe. But what if your sock is a rebel? Maybe your sock was tired of being part of a pair. Maybe your sock had bigger dreams. Perhaps the other twin sock was holding that sock back. Maybe your missing sock had an opportunity to leave and your sock took that opportunity!

You must consider the possibility that your sock is now living the good life elsewhere. Yes, your sock is famous now. Your sock is now part of the local sock puppet theater! It happens all the time. Your renegade sock was tired of being confined to the sock drawer or being put on your foot. Eww! Would you want to do that? Imagine being worn on a foot all day! Imagine being forced into uncomfortable shoes all the time! What kind of life is that? Can you blame your beloved sock for leaving you and the other sock? Of course not! That sock is living a dream now!

The bottom line is, if you do not find that sock within that 24 hour window, your chances are slim to none that you are bringing that baby back. Once that sock has a taste of freedom, it is impossible to make that sock live such a boring and disgusting existence.

Such a Sad Sock

Other Theories

Of course, not everyone buys into the rebel sock theory. Yes, there are always doubters when an incredible new idea emerges. Your friends, family, and neighbors, they will probably tell you not to give up. They will tell you encouraging phrases like: "Maybe that sock ended up wrapped in a set of sheets in the back of your linen closet.  Maybe that sock is under the dryer.  Maybe your pet grabbed a sock out of the basket and they are using it as a chew toy."  The list can go on and on.

Some people must live in denial.  You can't blame these people; they mean well and they are only trying to help.  There is nothing wrong with keeping the hope alive.  But I know the truth. Now so do you!

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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

I think my missing socks are living a new and happy life...free of footsies! Their mates miss them terribly and are now matched to another sock of a different style and color. It isn't my fault that you couldn't get along!


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Vickie Bovender 5 years ago from Southeastern US

Love this Hub! I have a "group" of socks needing friends. Once in a great while one will surface from some rare place, like inside the leg of a pair of slacks or somewhere equally sneaky. Enjoyed your writing!


Husky1970 5 years ago

Awesome! I thought I was the only one with this problem. I like your 24-hour theory. Maybe I should do something with that plastic bag full of single socks that I have been keeping for years.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you everyone for your comments. I am glad so many people enjoyed this hub. It went in a strange direction, so I was not sure what people would think. I guess the best thing to do with stray socks is let them go their own way. But I really miss my missing knee high sock - it was one of my favorites!


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Jefsaid 5 years ago from London, UK

Socks are devious little souls that like to hide away in crevices just to annoy you. Just when you are not looking, they scurry back to where you would expect them to be.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

This is very true. I am hoping mine will reappear soon. Thanks for commenting!


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Voted up ... funny girl! Very clever and amusing ... laughed like a drain (if drains do indeed laugh).

All the best, Jeannie


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you, Angie. At least something good could come out of the pain of losing one of my favorite socks.


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MAlvesSchemetow 5 years ago from New Jersey

Very funny! A story many can relate to. Thanks for the laugh.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks for reading my hub. I am happy you liked it!


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jimagain 5 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Hmmmmm?!! Thought provoking! I still hold to the theory of a tear in the multi-dimensional fabric of the universe where missing items disappear never to be seen again.

In any case, this was a much needed expose of a problem we've ignored for too long. So ... when's the movie of the week come out?


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank you for your support in this matter. I am hoping to see a movie on this important topic soon. I feel like Lifetime would be a good channel for such a movie.


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ringo1002 5 years ago

hello everyone

thanks for the advice my daughter has a play and i couldn't find her SOCK!!! luckely i found her sock on the way to her proformence right in the hallway to the adormatoriam and i was lucky that i brought along the other sock just in case

TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THANKS BYE :)


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thank goodness! Finally, an eyewitness report. Thank you for sharing and I am glad you found the other sock.


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helmutbiscut 5 years ago from Ohio

I like your theory; however, I'm still a believer that the dryer ate the sock! Funny hub...voted up.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

I do believe dryers can eat socks. Maybe even the washer does, too. Sigh. I am still looking for the other sock that matches the sock in the photo. I really loved those knee highs! Thanks for the comment and the vote up!


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Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

Love It!

Over the Years,I have developed a theory on Missing Socks and even the occasional Underwear, jewelry, tools, etc.

It may not be totally accurate, but at least it has made me more acceptable to such strange things happening to stuff!

My theory is that there is a parallel Universe, that only certain items can be sucked into.

This Universe consists of a World of shelving units populated with tote boxes.

And, at times (What, How, Why, I do not have a Clue) these items are sucked into the appropriate tote on the appropriate shelf.

There they get to rest (recuperate? heal? pay for sins to their owner?) and contemplate their existence until they are ready to return to us.

At which time, POOF!There they are, ready for us to use or abuse again!

NO?


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Don, this is an exciting new theory I've never considered before. This could indeed be true. I had a pair of earrings that I loved and one day, they just disappeared. After weeks, I gave up on my search. One day, they just magically reappeared on my dresser. I will never know how they reappeared, but your theory does make sense now. Thank you for sharing this with me. I think you are on to something.


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Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

great topic to share humor and mystery at the same time... LOL

"The bottom line is, if you do not find that sock within that 24 hour window, your chances are slim to none that you are bringing that baby back. Once that sock has a taste of freedom, it is impossible to make that sock live such a boring and disgusting existence. "

Thanks... I am with ya


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD Author

Thanks so much... I am happy you enjoyed it. I still wish I could find my missing socks though. :-)

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