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Stephan Gyoery asked the Naked Scientists: Hello Naked Scientists, I am enjoying your show from Switzerland listening to the podcast (I'm slowly catching up with the present). I think I have one of the fundamental questions of mankind: where do socks go when they vanish in the washing machine? I thought that this phenomenon of single socks returning without partner is limited to white tennis socks (experience dated from the 80's), but I can now attest that the same happens to black dress socks as well: once in a while (~20%) one out of a pair of socks "vanishes" when washing in a washing machine. First I thought that Black Holes are made up of lost socks, but... Okay, quite seriously: would there be statistic evidence for this observation? And would there be an explanation (mathematical/probability)? CheersStephanWhat do you think?
..... I would suggest having one leg taken off of you want to keep your socks. Also you might be able to sell odd socks to amputees who don't use a fake leg.