Socks have come a long way since their inception in ancient Greece. The word itself derives from the Latin soccus, which was a loose-fitting slipper. The concept did not evolve from slipper to sock, either. Eighth-century Greeks used to wear matted animal hair for socks.
“You’ll make a fine sock.”
It wasn’t until 1589 when William Lee invented the first machine to weave socks. If necessity is the mother of invention, then Mr. Lee absolutely needed his wife free to pursue other tasks, because he cites Mrs. Lee wasting too much time weaving as the prime cause for his invention.
Today, of course, weaving socks is not on the daily to-do list…unless you live in Yiwu, China. This town is known for its sock exports; fittingly, it is called a “sock town.” In 2004, a factory in Yiwu exported three billion pairs of socks to Wal-Mart, Pringle, and Disney. For non-math majors, that amounts to six billion individual socks.
Nylon, created in 1937, now dominates the sock market. The socks of yesteryear were made of silk, wool, and cotton.
Were it not for the durability of nylon, the sock may not be able to endure superstitious tennis star Serena Williams, who wears the same pair of socks throughout a tournament.
Disney is launching a new movie “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and will be in theaters August 15th. It is a family film about a couple who is trying to have a child when a small boy mysteriously comes into their life. It is a magical and sweet story and as you can see from the picture, has to do with socks. The preview doesn’t exactly reveal too much about it, but the boy says he is from the garden and it appears his socks are some type of plant growing on his feet. It seems like a unique concept and made me envision a garden full of socks growing everywhere. If only it were the easy, right? Well, you might not be able to grow socks in your backyard, but you can certainly order them online. Besides, who wants to spend time growing a sock anyway? Save time and visit blackandwhitesocks.com for all your sock needs. And if The Odd Life of Timothy Green sounds like a movie you’d like to see, you can check out the preview below.