The Meaning of Lost Socks

by Biedermeier X. Leeuwenhoek


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.' "


Lost Socks: Where Do They Go?

Percentage Lost


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 %


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


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

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