It’s a mystery we’ve all encountered countless times throughout our lives: The Missing Sock. You’ve certainly heard of this enigma, wherein you do your laundry, take it out of the dryer to fold, and discover that one (or two, or all) of your socks is missing its mate.
You check the washer, the dryer, all the areas surrounding each of them. You check your dog’s stash spot, your laundry hamper. You consider the fact that you may be losing your mind. I’m here to tell you, dear reader, that you are perfectly sane, at least when it comes to sock logistics; they really do disappear, and your dryer is to blame.
A woman named Sarah Rose shared a picture of what actually happens to all those missing socks. Spoiler alert: THE DRYER HOARDS THEM.
soooo, I no longer feel like a crazy person for losing random socks… pic.twitter.com/EElcrcKnfB
— Sarah Rose (@1SarahRose) April 20, 2018
“soooo I no longer feel like a crazy person for losing random socks…” she captioned her picture, which speaks a thousand socks if not words.
and no, this is not my machine but apparently it can happen ? I did finally find the original poster and apparently they even found a credit card in there! Time to take the washer apart… https://t.co/kQl0AH50uF
— Sarah Rose (@1SarahRose) April 21, 2018
Sarah Rose wrote another tweet assuring the Internet that the machine did not belong to her but that she’d tracked down the owner, who claimed to have found a credit card among the sock debris.
Naturally, her tweet went viral, racking up over 73,000 likes and nearly 26,000 retweets in less than a weeks’ time. Needless to say, people related. Hard.
Dryer be like pic.twitter.com/aNAT0o1vvg
— Nikki?Zombie Queen ?? (@NickyWhat) April 20, 2018
Wait dryers actually *do* eat socks??? pic.twitter.com/GkmExwhAm6
— Patrick Campanale (@pcamp96) April 20, 2018
Woh you found the gateway to the hidden universe, the virtual sock particle bridge
— https://mastodon.social/@HongPong (@HongPong) April 21, 2018
I’mma need answers pic.twitter.com/vyyYUHRk5u
— NinjaFriedChikn (@ninjarich) April 20, 2018
— Sh£rr¡ (@SherriAnneTran) April 20, 2018
Here is a gif of the dryer’s appetite in action:
— PIZZA DOG. (@justyounoace) April 22, 2018
One man named Matthew Frederick– who has since officially changed his middle name to “Dryer Lint,” brought up the fact that the duct in the back of home dryers need to be regularly maintained, as they too are hungry for your gear.
For the folks seeing this who by (small) chance see my reply, check the duct that comes out of the back of the dryer, often a white, large, Slinky-like tube. Comes off and on incredibly easily.
Socks, stuff from your pockets, etc.
Cleaning it will dry your clothes faster, too.
— Matthew “Dryer Lint” Frederick (@matthewlive) April 21, 2018
And prevent fires!!
— 808s and Cheesesteak (@jesuisunebanane) April 21, 2018
@ the both of you: this is something I had never heard of and it’s useful information, too (even for me, if I ever buy a dryer) – thank you.
— ? Robert Wisetrit ? (@RWisetrit) April 22, 2018