Sock Subscription of the Month: 8 Random, Fun, and Useless Facts About Socks

sock subscription of the Month: 8 Random, Fun, and Useless Facts About Socks



How many socks are in the average American sock drawer? How old is your oldest pair of socks? Do you have any pairs that have been in rotation longer than others? If you’re curious about these and other questions, we’ve got an article just for you!



1) Why do we wear socks?

We wear socks because they keep our feet warm. Our feet are a combination of muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments that need to be cushioned by a layer of fat in order to keep them protected. The skin on our feet needs to breathe for healthy growth. Wearing socks creates an insulating layer that keeps our feet warm, while also allowing the skin to breathe.



2) Are socks an evolution?

The first pair of socks was made by Queen Elizabeth I's maids in 1589. They were knitted with silk and wool to keep her feet warm. Feet have evolved over time. The human foot has five toes that help us balance while walking on two feet. The big toe is longer than the other four toes because it helps us with balance as we stand on one leg at a time. As our feet evolved so did our socks--they now come in all sorts of colors, patterns, materials, and styles! We also wear them for fun activities such as sports or going out for a special occasion!



3) Is there a sock museum?

The Sock Museum is located in Fort Worth Texas. It's an interactive museum where visitors can touch socks, see sock props from movies and television shows, learn about the history of socks and more. Plus there are sock-related activities like sock bowling or sock golf.



4) Are animals wearing socks?

Animals wearing socks is a hotly debated topic. Recently there have been sightings of a monkey wearing a sock in the jungles of Borneo. And the first ever evidence that pandas may wear socks was found in 2006. A panda cub was spotted with a sock on its paw (which could have been lost by one of its parents). Some people question if it's possible to get an animal to wear socks without human intervention because most animals would struggle to put something over their foot or paw. One theory for this is that pandas can use their claws to help them hold onto things so it makes sense they might be able to put on their own socks.



5) Can you wear two pairs at once?

Can you wear two pairs at once?

What about three? Four? No. You can only wear one pair of socks at a time. That's because there are no duplicate nerve endings in your feet. So every sock has to have something different on it to make sure that your feet don't get bored.



6) Does your size affect how much space your feet take up?

We all know that not everyone is the same size, but how much space do your feet take up based on your shoe size? A study in 2010 found that people with a shoe size of 10-12 take up an average of 250 sq. ft. while those in sizes 11-13 take up an average of 350 sq. ft. If you're wondering what this looks like in terms of socks, it means that someone with a shoe size 10-12 would need about 6 pairs for their feet to occupy 250 square feet, while someone with a shoe size 11-13 would need about 4 pairs because their foot takes up less space at 350 square feet.



7) Do socks go in wash or dryer first?

This is a question that causes much debate. Some people say that you should always wash your socks in cold water on a delicate cycle to help preserve their color. Others say you should never wash them at all because any agitation will cause them to wear out more quickly. This debate can be solved by following one simple rule: match your washing instructions with your drying instructions. If it says to tumble dry them - then do not wash them first! If it says to machine or hand wash - then you should definitely wash them first.



8) What are some unusual facts about socks?

1. There are over 3,500 designs for socks to choose from.

2. The average person buys six pairs of socks a year. And there's a wide range of prices to suit any budget - from $1 a pair to as much as $100 for designer socks.

3. A sock that's missing its partner is called a gambari.

4. Feet are made up of 26 bones and more than 20 muscles that connect these bones together in order to make walking possible. Without feet we wouldn't be able to stand or move around easily - so it's no wonder that foot problems are one of the most common ailments in North America today!

5. The average human foot has about 250,000 sweat glands!