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Archives: November 2012


Eating Disorder for Socks?!

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The Bureau of Socks shares this report from the Medical Tribune News Service:

Rare Medical Condition. Sock Eating Syndrome 
Source: Medical Tribune News Service
SEATTLE – A 22-year-old woman was diagnosed with a rare medical condition, in which she craved consumption of socks. She was earthbound half a sock each evening. She also told doctors that as a teen-ager she chewed on and swallowed clothing. She was hospitalized after suffering from nausea and vomiting. The doctors found a large bezoar in her stomach. She was diagnosed with a rare condition known as pica, in which a person craves nonfood items. Previous to this incident, doctors have reported cases of people eating dirt, hair, chalk, clay, glue and other nonfood items. This is the first case of sock eating “Often, when people have a craving it is because they are lacking something in their diet,” said Atif Awad, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of Buffalo. “If you don’t give salt to cows, they start licking the walls,” he added..

And it’s time for a pun! Maybe the girl has “Sock-holm Syndrome.”

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Image Source: Pica.


Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to My Socks”

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Ode to My Socks

Mara Mori brought me
a pair of socks
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder’s hands,
two socks as soft as rabbits.
I slipped my feet into them
as if they were two cases
knitted with threads of twilight and goatskin,
Violent socks,
my feet were two fish made of wool,
two long sharks
sea blue, shot through
by one golden thread,
two immense blackbirds,
two cannons,
my feet were honored in this way
by these heavenly socks.
They were so handsome for the first time
my feet seemed to me unacceptable
like two decrepit firemen,
firemen unworthy of that woven fire,
of those glowing socks.

Nevertheless, I resisted the sharp temptation
to save them somewhere as schoolboys
keep fireflies,
as learned men collect
sacred texts,
I resisted the mad impulse to put them
in a golden cage and each day give them
birdseed and pieces of pink melon.
Like explorers in the jungle
who hand over the very rare green deer
to the spit and eat it with remorse,
I stretched out my feet and pulled on
the magnificent socks and then my shoes.

The moral of my ode is this:
beauty is twice beauty
and what is good is doubly good
when it is a matter of two socks
made of wool in winter.

Pablo Neruda
Image Source: A Young Mr. Neruda.

A holiday gift for the sock lover

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 Traverse the history of sock patterns with author Nancy Bush for the sock lover. This book provides you with 18 sock patterns as well.

You may purchase the book here.

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Image Source: Folk Socks.


Maker of the Sock-Knitting Machine: Rev. William Lee of Nottinghamshire, England

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Reverend William Lee of Nottinghamshire, England invented a sock-knitting machine in 1589. The reason? His wife spent long hours making hosiery. The good man missed his wife. The machine made bright colored socks easier to produce, cheaper, and encouraged their popularity.


Dictators Wear the Oddest Socks

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reports a correlation between the brands of socks worn by commoners versus the brand of socks worn by dictators. The thesis hinges upon this premise: comfortable feet, comfortable society.

So if you want to avoid being a dictator, or contributing to someone else’s reign, pick up your socks at Black and White Socks.

Image Source: Tacky Socks.


Profiles In Courage: Socks the Cat

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Socks Clinton-Currie (March 23, 1989 – February 20, 2009) was U.S. President Bill Clinton’s cat during his time in office. Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, found the stray when she was leaving her piano teacher’s house in 1991. Socks has a sibling named Midnight (gender unknown).

Socks coat is piebald, which is a combination of two coats, typically black and white. Essentially, you could say this cat is a Black and White Socks.

When Clinton left office, they did not take Socks with them because they had a dog at their house in Arkansas. Clinton’s secretary, Betty Currie, adopted Socks.

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The Story of the Groom with Smelly Feet and the Bride with Bad Breath

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A joke about insecurities…and socks. Compliments of the website Jokes.

A young man and a young woman were soon to be married, but they both had a problem they had never told anyone else about. The man approached his father one day before the wedding and told him about his problem. His feet REALLY stunk, even if he washed them constantly, he was worried that this would scare off his new bride, so he needed a solution, fast. His father pondered the situation and finally told his son to wear socks constantly (even to bed) and always wash his feet whenever he got a chance.

The son thought about this and went along happy. The same day the young lady approached her mother and told her about her problem. Her morning breath was horrid. Her mother reassured her and told her everyone had bad morning breath. The young woman told her mother that this was not normal morning breath but easily the worst in the world. The mother thinks about this and comes up with this bright idea. She tells her daughter to get up earlier than everyone else and don’t say a thing, go make breakfast and then brush her teeth while the others are eating. The young woman thinks and then runs off to get ready for the wedding, happy.

The couple is married and they are happy, him with his perpetual socks and her with her morning silences. One morning about 5:30 am the young man wakes up to find one sock missing. He starts rustling around in the bed looking for it, which of course wakes up his wife, who without thinking asks what’s wrong. With a look of shock on his face the young man says, ”OH MY GOD! You’ve swallowed my sock!”

Image Source: Stinky Foot.

The Dryer Is Not to Blame for Missing Socks! (video)

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Don’t blame the dryer any longer; but don’t get mad at this pup, either. Instead, get more socks at Black and White Socks.