Where do lost socks go?

Where do lost socks go?

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52 Responses to Where do lost socks go?

  1. Jaz Emminger says:

    It ran away with the left mitten…

  2. You sure you put two in the wash in the first place?

  3. never heard of the sockontinuum?

  4. Jim Douglas says:

    Clearly dryers are extremely specialized teleportation devices that we don’t yet fully understand.

  5. Jose Luevano says:

    A long time a Go… An evil wizard, lost his magic sock, and since then is looking for that sock… That’s why always one socks is missed during laundry. Let’s Hope he doesn’t find the real one (History by Heavy Maniac).

  6. Eric Albin says:

    <—eats them. I am a troll, sadly goats and bridges are passe. It was always the wool I was after, and I am agoraphobic. I just blame the dryer..

  7. Liz Krane says:

    They’re all teleported to another dimension inhabited by nothing but left socks.

  8. Ask Terry Pratchett he knows πŸ™‚ Rajini Rao

  9. Rajini Rao says:

    Is there a singles bar for hosiery?

  10. lollllll where the lost soles go? Hmmmm?

  11. Asa Gislason says:

    I believe in lost sock heaven

  12. Rajini Rao says:

    You saw the troll face, yes! V Green πŸ™‚

  13. one sock ate the other and got fatter

  14. If socks are truly cannibalistic, I really don’t want to know.

  15. Rajini Rao says:

    It’s a sock eat sock world, James Karaganis 😦

  16. They metamorphize. Shedding their fur (which ends up as lint in the dryer), they turn into wire coathangers which accumulate in the closet.

  17. Rajini Rao says:

    I like the way you think, V Green ! We need the audio for a full audiovisual G+ experience πŸ™‚

    Ralf Muschall , brilliant hypothesis. I’m on it.

  18. I always thought it was entropy….find that Higgs Boson, then we’ll know…. πŸ™‚

  19. Mark Hogan says:

    Ralf Muschall you beat me to it πŸ™‚ the full story is that they shed their lint and then combine with tea spoons to form coat hangers

  20. Rajini Rao says:

    Combining socks with missing teaspoons is a sho(e)-in for the Nobel prize.

  21. alev uneri says:

    most entertaining discussion ever!!… my favorite is; Jim Douglas – Clearly dryers are extremely specialized teleportation devices that we don’t yet fully understand.


  22. Rajini Rao says:

    Yes, that seems to be the prevailing hypothesis alev uneri πŸ™‚

  23. Rahul Joshi says:

    It’s Transcendence! They realize they weren’t two to begin-with and get back to being ONE.

    And yes there’s a song for it – Spice Girls – 2 Become 1

  24. Jesus H. Christ may have the answer..

  25. Jabir Quadir says:

    Rajini Rao, did you check the feet of the washer and dryer? turns out one of them is not in mood and walks away!

  26. They do a mind meld with Mr. Sock.

  27. Rajini Rao says:

    A variation on the teleportation theme Michelle Beissel ? Mr. S(p)ock request Scotty to beam him up?

  28. This is easily explained by conservation of matter. Every time you clean out your dryer’s lint trap, somewhere in the world a sock goes “poof”. And thanks to Quantum Sock Entanglement, it isn’t necessarily your dryer, or your sock…

  29. Rajini Rao says:

    I knew there were thermodynamic and quantum underpinnings to “the dryer ate it”, thanks Ryan Bissell πŸ™‚

  30. Ryan Bissell But then we should observe a flow of momentum and mass (or at least the gravitational field[0] thereof, if the flow itself is invisible) between the sending and receiving dryer. Otherwise Einstein’s field equations would be violated.

    [0] Or something even stranger. IIRC near long thin singularities there is no field (spacetime is locally flat), but when you go once around the “wire”, the angle is not 360Β° but different (independently of how big your orbit is).

  31. Ralf Muschall This doesn’t speak directly to your point, but: there doesn’t have to be two dryers; the sock that spontaneously disappears could (previously) be anywhere (sock drawer, laundry basket, under the bed…)

  32. Ryan Bissell No problem with that. But we still need a gravitational field which is equivalent to that which would come from a thin hose through which the sock would flow if it were molten or dissolved.

  33. kiran kumar says:

    oh my god, should i die laughing or just put a sock in it?

  34. Rajini Rao says:

    kiran kumar , I have so many unpaired socks to spare…I feel reactive, like a valence electron πŸ™‚

  35. Rajini Rao Having too many non-paired socks is not good. Pairing them might depend on the Axiom of Choice (unless you add marks to distinguish left and right socks).

    [By non-paired I mean all socks in a big heap, not only those whose partner is lost]

  36. Rajini Rao says:

    There are such things as left and right socks??? OMG. Here I thought I was doing well if I managed not to pair a navy with a black (they all look the same early in the morning) πŸ˜›

  37. Rajini Rao If not, then you have a problem. You have many socks and an equivalence relation among them (socks which are sufficiently similar to be a pair are considered “equivalent”). Now you have to pick exactly one sock from each pair (to combine it with the other one), and that picking is impossible without the Axiom of Choice. With left-right-marked socks, this is not a problem – start by picking all left socks.

  38. I don’t match my socks. I just buy 50+ pairs of all identical socks … Et voila, my socks are always sorted. (Patent Pending.)

  39. (D’oh– 8 minutes too late for that joke.)

  40. Rajini Rao says:

    As with Peter Lindelauf , I do buy them a dozen at a time. But thanks to the voracious appetite of my dryer, the dozens dwindle and intermix with different remnants of other dozens. This results in pairing of unequal lengths, self patterns and textures. Add to this, the random masculine sock (generally less sheer than the feminine version!). If ever there was a sock inspection, I would fail, Ralf Muschall πŸ™‚

  41. kiran kumar says:

    He he, I for one tie my socks together after wearing them that way they survive the wash until i wear them again, but i have lost complete pairs to this wizardly machine

  42. kiran kumar says:

    Rajini Rao you never know i may have a covalent pair and thus proving the quantum sock entanglement πŸ™‚

  43. i got my maid check, nope, is not there.:>

  44. Jay Wagh says:

    out of two only one was detected , you need to calibrate the socks detector again , or else this is against the conservation of socks law, anyways you gotta publish an article πŸ˜€ on these results

  45. Rajini Rao says:

    jay wagh , the “socks detector” is my foot which is cold without the sock. Internal calibration of temperature against the control foot πŸ™‚

  46. Rick Kawase says:

    I thought someone stole my socks!………..o/

  47. Debbie Emory says:

    I challenge someone to invent a washing machine / dryer safe clip to fasten these sneaky creatures together as they venture into the realm of our appliances. The inventor would be an international hero :).

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