Where do socks disappear to when you launder them?

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    lambservantposted 11 years ago

    I had a hub request from a friend who was going crazy becauee every time she buys a new pair of socks and washes them, one sock of the pair is always lost. Any ideas? I'm looking for serious or humorous answers. Will be making a hub out of this.

    1. AEvans profile image73
      AEvansposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I believe the washer gets hungry and eats them or the dryer may have decided to see if one would fit and forgot to give it back! big_smile  That's what I tell my family anyway. smile

    2. Jesus was a hippy profile image61
      Jesus was a hippyposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      They go to china. It was on CNN last month. Apparently that's where they get 18% of their countries income from.

    3. FatFreddysCat profile image93
      FatFreddysCatposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I can vouch for the fact that washing machines do occasionally eat socks. A couple of weeks ago my wife called me @ work and told me that she'd just run a load of laundry and now the washer wasn't draining. When I got home I took the bottom panel off the front of the washer and started fiddling around with the hoses and connections. Eventually I found the problem -- a sock had somehow gotten sucked out of the "drum" and down into the outflow pipe. It was packed in there good and tight too so the water couldn't get past it. It was a b*tch getting the sock out of there, and of course when I finally freed it I had to deal with several gallons of soapy water spilling out all over the floor, but at least I was able to fix it without having to make an expensive service call! I was rather proud of myself.

  2. paradigmsearch profile image59
    paradigmsearchposted 11 years ago

    I don't know where they go, but they always come back.

    1. AEvans profile image73
      AEvansposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Lololo! They needed a long break Paradigm after all the foot is not the nicest place to always be. lololo! big_smile

  3. Greekgeek profile image79
    Greekgeekposted 11 years ago

    Many years ago the excellent book "Poodles From Hell" explained that they get sucked into a parallel dimension ccalled the Sargasso Sea of Socks. Rumor has it that Jimmy Hoffa is there, too.

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 11 years agoin reply to this


  4. SandyMcCollum profile image63
    SandyMcCollumposted 11 years ago

    One time we cleaned out that venting tube that makes the hot air from the dryer go outside and found some socks in there. We've also found them in between the tub and casing of the washer. We've also taken them out of the sink, which is where our washer drained. I think there's several ways they go, and they only come back when you've lost or thrown out the other one. smile

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      lambservantposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Sandy, I have never thought about in between the tub and casing of the washer. It sure makes sense.

  5. larakern profile image68
    larakernposted 11 years ago

    Half of the time my lost socks never find their way home. I believe that I have a sock hungry ghost in my house, haha.

  6. Michael Willis profile image68
    Michael Willisposted 11 years ago

    They end up in the HP Forums as Sock-Puppets!!! yikes


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      lambservantposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Michael, that is hilarious.

    2. Pamela N Red profile image83
      Pamela N Redposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      big_smile big_smile

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    Arlene V. Pomaposted 11 years ago

    It's the washer.  I have a passive-aggressive washer.  Whenever it has a beef with me, my socks disappear.  But that's okay.  Until they reappear, I still use the one sock.  I am retired, so know one checks if my socks match.  I just need a similar color.

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    klarawieckposted 11 years ago

    See, what people don't know is that dry heat can open portals to other realms. Socks are superior spiritual beings that haven't been recognized by believers or scientists yet. But the truth is that they have the ability to travel through time and space, showing up at random places... like... underneath your ex-boyfriend's bed (ahem!) or under the sofa cushions of your superhot body-builder neighbor. But socks hardly ever do this journey alone... they're usually accompanied by thongs and bras. big_smile

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      lambservantposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Arlene, we think alike. If I don't have a match, I just wear long pants and no one is the wiser. Klarawieck, ah, thongs and bras too. Never worn a thong, never plan to, but have lost  a bra or two in my time. You are funny Kiarwieck.

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    Arlene V. Pomaposted 11 years ago

    Lambservant, we do what we can to save.  I tried buying these bamboo socks, but they don't seem to be able to take a beating.  Klara, I have never left any bras or thongs at anyone's house.  Not that I would be wearing thongs!  If I didn't think of the guy as a keeper, not leaving anything around his place guaranteed a clean break!  Why go back for bras and socks when I'm already down the road?

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      klarawieckposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Arlene, you're simply not helping! roll

    2. Denise Handlon profile image86
      Denise Handlonposted 11 years agoin reply to this


  10. iantoPF profile image80
    iantoPFposted 11 years ago

    We had a pile of odd socks so my wife got the brilliant idea of dyeing them all black. That was fine but then the missing socks started appearing and things went downhill from there.

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      lambservantposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      lanto dying them all one color is great idea. I buy only one brand and color of sock so if I lose some from time to time, I still have others to wear. Also, I have found socks that have fallen behind the dryer or on the side of it .

  11. Denise Handlon profile image86
    Denise Handlonposted 11 years ago

    I frequently have that happen and it makes no difference if it is my home or when I visit my kids.  I think it is just gremlins playing tricks...or maybe a black hole that opens up and swallows it.

  12. Rusticliving profile image82
    Rusticlivingposted 11 years ago

    I have it on very good authority and pictures that have been developed from a camera I had hidden in my laundry room, that aliens come down and swipe the socks. They have this thing about wearing "Human Socks." Now.. the question shouldn't be "where do they go or end up?", the question should be, "Why only ONE sock from each pair? Why is one sock left behind?" I believe that the picture I have captured will explain this and the mystery solved. smile


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      lambservantposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Rustic, that image is awesome, and proof positive there are little creatures stealing our socks.

  13. jennzie profile image71
    jennzieposted 11 years ago

    I'm not sure, but in my house TV remotes and keys get lost- or perhaps should I say MISPLACED- far more, as well as cell phones (I STILL can't find mine yet!).

  14. recommend1 profile image60
    recommend1posted 11 years ago

    The trick is to always wear odd socks - the missing ones come creeping out of hiding and back into the draw if totally ignored.

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      lambservantposted 11 years agoin reply to this


  15. Bedbugabscond profile image95
    Bedbugabscondposted 11 years ago

    I am fairly sure we have a Hobbit who lives behind the dryer. I blame him for the missing socks. Apparently, he collects forks as well. When you clean your entire house looking for forks because there is only one in the kitchen, and you find nothing, it must be a hobbit!

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      lambservantposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      bedbugs, in my house it's spoons.

  16. prettydarkhorse profile image55
    prettydarkhorseposted 11 years ago

    it is mixed with other socks in somebody's closet

  17. cheaptrick profile image75
    cheaptrickposted 11 years ago

    One time,I couldn't find a matching sock so I called 411 information.The nice lady told me to look behind the couch...There it Was!
    "Steven Wright"

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      lambservantposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Hilarious Cheaptrick

  18. Eric Calderwood profile image80
    Eric Calderwoodposted 11 years ago

    It has been scientifically proven that some socks, being the twins that they are, have a telepathic link with each other.  In order to find the missing sock, you have only to take the remaining sock to a psychiatrist who will put this sock under hypnosis.  The sock will then connect with its twin and be able to tell you where it is.  Isn't modern science amazing?

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    logic,commonsenseposted 11 years ago

    I'm thinking it has to be related to the Big Bang! smile

  20. pstraubie48 profile image80
    pstraubie48posted 11 years ago

    They disintegrate. It is part of a conspiracy by the National Sock Industry so that we will need to buy m o r e socks....   big_smile

  21. Quilligrapher profile image75
    Quilligrapherposted 11 years ago

    All washing machines, like HubPages, check every load for duplicate content and eliminate it.

    1. Eric Calderwood profile image80
      Eric Calderwoodposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Now that's funny! smile

  22. Pamela N Red profile image83
    Pamela N Redposted 11 years ago

    Fairies steal them when you aren't looking and make clothes out of them. They have a shortage of cotton and wool in Fairy Land and it is a much needed commodity.

  23. Hugh Williamson profile image79
    Hugh Williamsonposted 11 years ago

    The real answer (Seinfeld explains where they go....)


  24. Bill Yovino profile image89
    Bill Yovinoposted 11 years ago

    They end up in a Laundromat in Tasmania...


    1. Druid Dude profile image60
      Druid Dudeposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Black holes.

    2. Thelma Alberts profile image90
      Thelma Albertsposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      So, my socks are there in Tasmania! I was already wondering why they didn´t answer me when I called them;D. I´m sure the socks want a holiday in a warm and sunny country, lol;-)

  25. carlarmes profile image68
    carlarmesposted 11 years ago

    We have Yuggles in our house, they take other stuff as well, keen on moving things and then putting them back where you had only just looked at five minutes earlier.
    They also collect buttons off shirts and they have a habit of breaking my shoe laces and letting down my bicycle tyres just before I need to go to work.

    Actually I know mice like socks, I found a stash of them under the floor boards in  a small mice nest, along with black knickers, not mine.

    1. Bill Yovino profile image89
      Bill Yovinoposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Reminds me of the hamsters my kids had years ago. One was always exercising on the wheel and the other used the wheel to gently rock back and forth. We read that if you put an old sock in the cage, the hamster would shred it and use it for a nest. We gave a sock to each. The active hamster shredded his and built a nest in the corner of his cage. The lazy hamster used the sock as a sleeping bag without further adjustment. FYI - the lazy hamster out-lived the other by fair margin.


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