National Lost Sock Memorial Day

According to the National Day Calendar site on the Web, May 9 is National Lost Sock Memorial Day. According to their site, “it is time to say ‘good-bye’ to all of the single socks, the ones where their mates have been lost to the unknown. Where do all the missing socks go? Is there a washing machine heaven? This is a question that people have been trying to solve for many centuries. An answer may never be found to this question, and life will go on. How sad to have lost such a close-knit friend!”

Some believe people have been wearing socks since the Stone Age. However, according to the Lonely Sock site, the first knit socks we worn in Egypt somewhere around the sixth century BCE.

Believe it or not, there is actually an organization called The Bureau of Missing Socks. Okay, I’m not sure this is really true, but it is declared to be “the only organization in the world devoted solely to unraveling the mystery of the single disappearing sock,” and is supposedly located in Washington DC in a twenty-four acre office park overlooking the Potomac River. If not true, it is at least amusing!

My friend Shari Burke knits socks, and I am always happy to get a pair from her when my birthday or Christmas rolls around. (You can see examples of her work at I am a crocheter, and crocheted socks just aren’t the same.

Besides their protective use, socks are a colorful and fun accessory for us. They come in all colors and all yarn, from light cotton or even lace to the sturdy ones used in hiking boots. And let us not forget the importance of socks in the Harry Potter books, where one bestowed freedom on Dobbie the elf.

Do you have a drawer full of single socks hoping to find their mate some day? Perhaps it is time to face the truth and let them go. Turn them into sock puppets, or use them as dusters, or give them away to your local preschool as bean bags. Socks are meant to come in pairs! Don’t leave your single socks lonely in a drawer.


Some quotes about socks.

One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”–J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

When I was young I found out that the big toe always ends up making a hole in a sock. So I stopped wearing socks.–Albert Einstein

I got up one morning and couldn’t find my socks, so I called Information. She said, “They’re behind the couch.” And they were!–Steven Wright

Both of your socks should always be the same color. Or they should at least both be fairly dark.–Dave Barry

Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable.–Unknown

His socks compelled one’s attention without losing one’s respect.–H. H. Munro

A man is about thirty-eight before he stockpiles enough socks to be able to get one matching pair.–Merrily Harpur

They may take our shoes, but they’ll never take our socks!–William Wallace (Braveheart)

I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer.–Neil Armstrong

The divorce rate among my socks is astonishing.–Unknown

I never leave home without a nice pair of socks.–Benjamin Franklin

On a site called Socks Addicts (, you can find famous quotes changed by having socks added to them, such as the following: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail – I recommend you wear Merino wool socks though.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Find nearly 9000 inspirational quotes and a link to the Quote of the Day list at


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