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Sidney Sock Goes Missing

Updated on January 29, 2011

The Case Of The Missing Sock

It was a day like any other until I l looked out of the window. In the distance I could see just one thing hanging on the washing line at the bottom of the garden - a solitary sock.

I went to investigate and, sure enough, my eyes hadn't deceived me. A single sad looking sock was gently blowing in the breeze, looking quite lost and all forlorn, a tear drop was trickling down one cheek.

I reached to remove the red peg holding the sock to the line but a voice said, "Please don't, I want to stay here until Sidney returns."

It turns out that Sonia, who was the remaining sock, had been deserted by her partner and she wanted to wait until he returned. She felt lost and useless without him. The whole purpose of her life was gone.

This fascinated me (and upset me, of course) so I set off to try and find out more about these sock creatures, their habits and indeed why Sidney had disappeared.

Sonia The Lonesome Sock

Sonia sock had been alone now for the best part of a day and had been racking her elastic as to why Sidney would have left her. She's been a good partner, their sox life was good and she had kept herself in good shape. She wasn't saggy or baggy. Her figure was trim and her polyester skin sprung back into position after she had been used. She felt lost and useless without him. The whole purpose of her existence was gone.

I left her with her thoughts to find Sydney.

The Search For The Missing Sock Begins

Shhhhhh! Now be very quiet as, being a modern man, I'm pretty sure I know where a lot of socks live and I want to infiltrate their home to see what's happening. Perhaps there has been some form of sock flu or goodness knows what.

Ah, this looks like the place. If I open it up gently - whoops! What on earth? No, definitely not socks ... mustn't linger I have a job to do.

I'll creep quietly round to the other side of the room and see if I can get it right this time. Yes, this is definitely the place. I'm sure I've been her before. It's quite magical actually as it keeps getting filled up with more socks without me doing anything - most odd.

I think the socks must mate, must be something to do with their sox life that Sonia was talking about.

Woman: What a pair of strange socks you're wearing, one is green and the other is blue with red spots !!

Man: Yes, it's really strange. I've got another pair just like that at home.

So here we are at the socks den. Now the first thing you notice is that they are virtually all paired off and are intertwined. This is the mating process and goes on for ages. Maybe a week or a fortnight or sometimes even a month or more.

I heard of one pair of socks that had been intertwined for the best part of a year and were so old that they had to be removed to wherever it is that good socks go once their usefulness is over. But they died happy.

Sometimes, when new socks arrive, they are a bit shy and tend to just lie next to each other(far left) but after a while they get the idea and copy the others (left).

Then there's the special group who all look identical and end up with whoever is the nearest. They frequently swap partners over and over. But they don't normally talk about such things.

This is all very well but there are no single socks in the den and certainly no Sidney.

Not getting very far with my enquiries I went to the top and asked the wife, "Where might you find a missing sock?"

"Under the bed, in the washing machine or in the dirty linen basket," she answered wthout even giving the matter a second thought.

"Erm, right .."

"Bedroom, utility room, right hand side of bedroom," she said wearily.

I knew that, of course.

I did a thorough search of the wife's suggestions, well you have to now and again, but to no avail. No Sidney anywhere. I need some more clues so I went to see Sonia Sock again.

"So," I said in my best detective voice, "Had Sidney been seeing someone else - or maybe you have."

This took her by surprise. "No, no, of course not. I have seen Sidney looking lustfully at a silky stocking with a lacy top but it's all in his head. And as for me, when we have our communal wash, I have admired Wally Walking Sock - so well padded and manly looking but I never would take it further. Oh and Sidney did get entangled with a thong thing once but I'm sure it was all very innocent."

This got me, erm, thinking: silky stockings and thong things but after half an hour I was back on the job. I continued my enquiries.

Sidney Sightings

The local newspaper was a great help with my enquiries. Sidney missing hit the headlines. As you can gather not a lot happens where I live. And in came reports of several Sidney sightings.

Some of these sightings were a little disturbing and worrying. I must warn you that the following photos may upset sensitive soles or even single socks on the loose. It looks like Sidney may have been on the booze ...

... and even worse may have been in collision with a car.

This was probably the lowest point and I kept the newspapers away from Sonia who was still fluttering on the washing line.

Some of the other photos were much more hopeful. People were searching our house and garden for Sidney with their cameras at the ready - below is a selection of these photos.

Re-Visiting Sonia

I went to the bottom of the garden and showed Sonia the best photos. It cheered her up in a tearful sort of way and she continued to blow in the wind.

I didn't really know what else to say so I said I'd keep in touch and that the case wasn't closed.

As I walked away I heard her singing softly into the breeze ...

"I had a sock

Sidney was his name

Since he left me

I've never been the same

'Cause I love my sock

Sidney where can you be? Where can you be?

Well, darlin', now that you're gone

I don't know what I'll do

All the time and all my love for yo-ou-ou .." **

It brought a lump to my throat, must stop eating so many sherbert lemons.

So perhaps you have some ideas as to how to find Sidney Sock.

(** with thanks to Richie Valens)

What did the foot say to the sock?

Your coming on to me.

The Sock Puppet Theatre

This could be the answer to Sidney going missing. He might just have run away to join the Sock Puppet Theatre. He is, after all, very talented.

Further down the page you'll also find the Sock Song. Yes, a song about socks!

The Sidney Sock Mystery Deepens

The Sidney Sock mystery investigation continues! See new information below the Guest Book.

The Sock Song

Yes, here it is a song about socks - there's more to socks than we realise!

Postcard From Sidney Sock From Germany

This postcard (viewcard) has just arrived from Sidney Sock to Sonia! It's from northern Germany and the pic is of the restaurant and cafe Zur Fahre in Bonsberg, Gelting. I didn't do too good a job of scanning the postcard but I think you can see it okay.

It's a puzzle! Whatever next?! The mystery deepens.

I see the cafe/restaurant/hotel above has a website Fahr Cafe & Hotel - Bonsberg. Will see if I can find anything out from them about Sidney Sock, now where is my German phrase book!

Where is Sidney Sock?

Sidney Sock Update

I contacted Germany following the postcard (view card) above but they didn't seem to understand me.

Their reply sounded something like, "Sidney Sock, What is das?"

It's amazing. We have small children, knee high to a grasshopper, speaking English in England and yet in Germany ... oh well.

Now I've received the Polaroid below showing a picture of Sidney Sock on some sort of statue. But where in the world is it? No idea myself.

Where In The World Is Sidney Sock?

Where In The World Is Sidney Sock?
Where In The World Is Sidney Sock?

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    • PNWtravels profile image

      Vicki Green 

      7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Very entertaining story!

    • Wednesday-Elf profile image


      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Very amusing and clever. How goes the search for Sidney? Any other sightings? I haven't seen him (yet) in my little corner of America. Do you think he could have gotten this far away? Does he have a passport with him (or perhaps he hides in small carry-ons and sneaks aboard ships and/or planes). Looking forward to the next 'update'. Hope Sonia isn't too lonesome back home on the clothes line!

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      9 years ago

      That's what I call humor!

    • VarietyWriter2 profile image


      9 years ago

      That's funny! Great humor lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      9 years ago

      A little known scientific fact is that your washing machine will rarely work in such a manner that it creates a wormhole during the spin cycle. This can happen in the dryer as well. The unhappy sock who enters such a warp in the time-space continuum may leave behind a grieving partner. We could eventually find Sidney in the belt of Orion with an entire community of "lost" socks. . .

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      9 years ago

      This always happens to me. There is an ethereal Sargasso Sock Sea just beyond our perception.

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      9 years ago

      So funny, and why is it that socks always do go missing? And it's only one of the pair - never two!

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      9 years ago

      Great lens! I really appreciate the work you've put into this. My favourite type of socks are sealskinz socks which have yet to displease me. :)

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      Faye Rutledge 

      10 years ago from Concord VA

      That Sidney, he should be ashamed...leaving Sonia hanging! Great lens! Love it!

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      10 years ago

      OMG, you are indeed too much! Such a funny tale. We're always losing a sock too.

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      10 years ago

      Love your sense of humor!

    • Suzie-Shine profile image


      10 years ago

      Oh gosh, this must be such a worry. The latest sighting looks like Sidney is in the Far East - and yet you're in England.

      Very funny Mike.


    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I am really feeling for Sonia.

      I felt worse when I had to vote that I don't think Sidney will ever be found.

      I'm going to bless this lens with the hope that the higher profile it obtains, the more likely it is that Sidney will be found.

      Please keep us posted.


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      Liz Mackay 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very funny Mike, I like it.

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      10 years ago from Montreal

      Haha, very creative 5*

    • religions7 profile image


      10 years ago

      very funny :) blessed

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      10 years ago

      Great job, a very different lens to anything i have ever seen but it works really well :D

      It's funny and you can see you've put in a lot of work :)

      Keep up the good work!!!

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      10 years ago

      Great job on this humor lens, Mike.

    • MikeMoore LM profile image

      MikeMoore LM 

      10 years ago

      Holy crap that was funny! Great job, Mike. Very, very entertaining!


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