Things You Did't Know About Sock

April 15, 2017

Things You Did't Know About Sock

#1 The word sock is derived from the loose-fitting slipper, called a soccus in Latin, worn by Roman comic actors.

#2 In the 8th century BC, the Ancient Greeks wore socks made from matted animal hair for warmth. Meanwhile, the Romans wrapped their feet with leather or woven fabrics.

#3 In the 5th century AD, socks were worn by holy people in Europe to symbolize purity. By 1000AD, socks were a symbol of wealth among the nobility.

#4 The earliest known surviving pair of cloth socks – dating from 300-500AD – were excavated from near the Nile in Egypt. They are now on display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

#5 The district of Datang in the People’s Republic of China, has become known as Sock City. The town currently produce 8 billion pairs of socks each year, a third of the world’s sock production.

#6 A family of 4 will lose up to 60 pairs of socks every year.

#7 Missing socks are most likely to affect the male members of the household.

#8 Black socks are most likely to go missing.

#9 The act of putting on a fresh pair of socks is mentioned around 10,000 times a day on Twitter.