A number of roman era wooden tablets were found in Hadrian's wall in 1973. They contain correspondence of soldiers stationed there, including a birthday invitation written by a woman and a letter from a soldier's mom, telling him that she sents new pairs of underpants and socks petersommer.com/blog/arch…
Earl Schaffer, the first person to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in one continuous hike, avoided blisters by putting sand in his boots and wearing no socks until his feet toughened. americanhistory.si.edu/do…
Today I learned about R J Ellory - An author caught trashing his colleagues books while calling his own work "Magnificent" on Amazon using Sock Puppet Accounts theguardian.com/books/201…
Congressman Dan Burton attempted to launch an investigation into the letter-mailing habits of Socks, the White House Cat, and how he was funding his correspondence. mashable.com/2017/06/04/s…
In 2015 Tom Hanks started using his official Twitter feed as a lost and found (posting photos and locations of lost items such gloves, shoes, socks, etc.) This resulted in at least item being successfully returned to its owner-- a lost student ID card. radiotimes.com/news/2016-…
In a 1991 football match in Uruguay, a striker was wearing multiple gold chains. When he went up front for a corner, a defender pulled off one of the chains and put it in his sock. Neither the striker nor anyone else noticed, but TV cameras picked it up. At full time, the defender was arre-sted theguardian.com/football/…
Many female workers at RavensbrΓΌck concentration were forced to produce army uniforms for the Nazis. They deliberately sabotaged them. An example of this is that they made the heels of socks too narrow or defective. This gave soldiers painful blisters on their feet. repository.canterbury.ac.…
In Monsters Inc., when they point at the White Sock and shout β€œ23-19!”, the 23rd and 19th letter of the alphabet are WS (the initials of White Sock). tyla.com/entertaining/tv-…
Leading scientists have unravelled the cause of one of life’s greatest mysteries by discovering the secrets of why our socks go missing in the wash and they devised a math formula to predict the probability of being left in a spin with odd socks after a washing load. news.samsung.com/global/s…
The comedy and tragedy masks were created in Ancient Greece and have names; Socks is the name for comedy because that actor wore socks, the tragic actor would wear boots called β€œbusking”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Today I learned of Alexander of Abonoteichus, a roman era cult leader who made people believe a sock-puppet was a snake-god. He was so influential even the emperor joined his cult, and the few sceptics who opposed him were christians, epicureans and writer Lucian of Samosata, who tried to expose him as a fraud en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned about Burusura, a sexualized attraction to the underwear or school uniforms of girls. Burusura shops sell these uniforms and socks, swimsuits, sanitary napkins and tampons. Only in 2004 Japan put restrictions to the purchases and sales of used underwear and saliva of people under 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
The longest-running children's TV show in the world Blue Peter held a poll to determine the name of their next pet. The winner was 'Cookie'. Despite this, the staff named their new cat 'Socks'. They ended up having to bring in a second cat called 'Cookie' due to the controversy this caused. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Einstein hated wearing socks. In a letter to his wife he said that the reason he stopped wearing them was because his big toe always ended up making a hole in them. bbc.com/future/article/20…
The earliest evidence of wearing socks and sandals is documented at the archaeological site between Dishforth and Leeming in North Yorkshire, England. The discovery suggests that old Romans wore socks with sandals at least 2,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Astronaut Alan Shepard hit 2 golf balls on the moon's surface. On the Apollo 14 space mission Alan became the first and only person to play golf somewhere other than Earth. He created the club by smuggling a six-iron head onboard in a sock and attached it to a piece of rock-collecting gear. foxnews.com/science/golf-…
Several mosquito species have a proboscis that’s strong enough to make it through the tight weave of denim. There’s also lots of space between the threads that make up socks, and mosquitoes can easily suck blood through those spaces abchomeandcommercial.com/…
Today I learned about Bertlmann's socks β€” a physicist so famed for wearing odd socks every day, that they have been turned into a metaphor about how quantum mechanics does (not) work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
Official UGG boots are not supposed to be worn with socks. uggsince1974.com.au/blogs…
The First Person to Cycle Around the Globe, Thomas Stevens, did it on a Penny Farthing, Between 1884 and 1886, Packing only Socks, a Spare Shirt, a Revolver, and a Raincoat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned of Elizabeth Lundy, the "grandmother of the Canadian Army". Starting in 1914, she knit 400 pairs of socks for Canadian soldiers serving overseas. niagarafallsmuseums.ca/di…
Today I learned of the durian, an Asian fruit. Depending on their genetics, people perceive the fruit as either sweet and delicious, while others find is nauseating. One writer described it as smelling like "pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dur…
Today I learned about William Price, a Welsh doctor known for his nationalism, labor advocacy, nudism, and practice of Neo-Druidism. He believed his destiny was to liberate Wales from English rule, thought socks were unhygienic, and named two of his children Iesu Grist, which is Welsh for Jesus Christ. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The earliest known surviving pair of socks were designed to be worn with sandals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
While in prison, Clyde Barrow (Bonnie and Clyde) tried to avoid hard labor by chopping off two of his toes with an axe. As a result, he drove his getaway cars wearing only socks because he couldn’t balance correctly on the pedals of a car when wearing shoes. This is why he died wearing socks. biography.com/news/bonnie…
Sock'em Boppers had to change their name in 2002 after being sued by Mattel for infringing on the name of "Rock'em Sock'em Robots" and are now known as Socker Boppers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
An inventor trying to make a sock to prevent trench foot first produced modern water balloons. Having made a latex-coated sock and filling it with water to test for leaks, he found a rip and angrily threw it on his table. Pleased with the splash, he decided to market water balloons for children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
There was a tradition in Norway, Denmark and the Faroe Islands where a girl would knit a "willy warmer" (also known as cock sock) to their boyfriends to see how seriously he took their relationship. If the gift was rejected, it was seen as evidence that he was not ready for marriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Smelly socks are so effective at attracting mosquitos, that its use has been explored for mosquito control in places where malaria is prevalent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
There is a type of socks specifically designed to be worn in cold weather with zori (the traditional Japanese variant of flip flops). They are called "tabi'. kusuyama.jp/blog/history/…
Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet among the least-often donated. pointsoflight.org/blog/20…
Russian soldiers only recently starting wearing socks; until 2013, wrapping feet in squares of cloth - portyanki - was standard issue. theguardian.com/world/sho…
The US Navy, knowing the New York Mafia’s influence over the fish market, enlisted a handful of mob bosses, including Joe β€œSocks” Lanza, to help track Nazi submarines trying to infiltrate the East Coast infamousnewyork.com/2013/…
Some studies have shown that you are significantly more likely to orgasm if you wear socks during sex news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/healt…
Lamb Chop, the sock puppet, has testified before Congress en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The Russian Army finally switched to socks (from footwraps) in 2013. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo…
The Russian army only adopted wearing socks as part of their uniform in 2008. Prior to that, soldiers were still issued footwraps, which were changed little since the 1690's. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
The oldest known surviving pair of socks were designed to be worn with sandals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
The younger son of US President Calvin Coolidge died from an infected blister he got playing tennis without wearing socks. theatlantic.com/magazine/…
Serious mini golfers keep their balls in a sock tucked in their trousers to maintain temperature for smooth rolling bbc.co.uk/news/extra/zBjy…
Stephen Gough, also known as the 'Naked Rambler' walked the length of Great Britain wearing only boots, socks, a rucksack and sometimes a hat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
A sick Great Dane was rushed to the emergency hospital. Unidentifiable foreign material showed up in his stomach on xray. Hours later, the surgeon reported removing 43-and-a-half socks from the dog's stomach, saving his life. nbcnews.com/news/weird-ne…
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards was the 1st Olympic ski jumper for England in 52 years. He had no money, no coach, no team and only learned to ski jump 18 months earlier. He wore 6 pairs of socks inside his second hand boots, a helmet given to him by the Italians, and used skis from the Austrian team. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Russian soldiers do not wear socks - they wrap a piece of cloth around their feet. Socks will finally be introduced by the end of this year guardian.co.uk/world/shor…
"Zettai Ryōki", a term used to refer to the visible skin between a skirt/shorts and overknee socks. It's literally translated as "absolute territory" and also has varying grades depending on the length of skirt/shorts and/or socks being worn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zet…
The Japanese word "Zettai ryōiki" refers to the area of bare skin in the gap between overknee socks and a miniskirt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zet…
The female victims of Treblinka II Extermination Camp would be shaved bald before execution, and their hair was kept and subsequently made into socks for U-Boat crews. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
In a study that examined the difference in brain activity of women during real and faked orgasms, researchers inadvertantly discovered that test subjects reached orgasm 80% of the time while wearing socks versus 50% without. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/41113…
Sock hops were named after the fact that you had to take off your shoes to protect the varnished cafeteria and gymnasium floors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
The acoustic era (1877 to 1925) gave rise to the expression "put a sock in it", which commemorates the common practice of placing a sock in the horn of the phonograph to muffle the sound for quieter listening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…

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