10 Years Ago in Planet… “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 *

Link to original story: http://www.planetmag.com/pm4/lostsoks.htm

About the Author: Andrew G. McCann is not missing any socks, but he does have an extra one.
(c) 1994-2004 by Andrew G. McCann andy@planetmag.com

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One Comment on “10 Years Ago in Planet… “The Meaning of Lost Socks” by Biedermeier X. Leeuwenhoek”

  1. gill m maguire Says:

    I know when your back is turned they can just get up and crawl away. I have no proof though.


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