The Meaning of Lost Socks

by Biedermeier X. Leeuwenhoek

 

Abstract:
From the Proceedings of the 49th Convention of the American Datatician Society Meeting, Akron Hilton, Akron, Ohio. November 1994.

Excerpt from author's remarks, Professor Bingham S. Tewksbury:
"We of the ADS are pleased to announce that the mystery of where lost socks go has been quantitatively pinpointed subsequent to a lengthy and rigorous double-blind study.... We believe that the results, shown in the accompanying [table], contain no surprises, and in fact conform quite closely to what is called 'common sense.' "

 

Table
Lost Socks: Where Do They Go?

Percentage Lost

Explanation

26 %

Left in Washer

25 %

Left in Dryer

21 %

Dropped, to/from laundry

14 %

Stuck, through static, to corner of fitted sheet or article of clothing

13 %

One sock thrown out because other is "missing"

100 %

TOTAL

Note: Margin of error plus or minus 4 percentage points. Source: ADS *

 

(Humor copyright © 1994 by Andrew G. McCann.)


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