First off, let me just say that this topic is worthy of a blog post only because it’s never happened to me before in my own house. Seriously.
I have lost a sock in the laundry.
Apparently there really is some sort of vortex into which lone socks get sucked from time to time because this should be, by rights, impossible in my house. This is a closed system, controlled entirely by me. I do one load of laundry at a time, two or three loads a week at the most. I am the only person who touches the clothes. The sock goes from the sock drawer to my foot to the hamper to the washing machine to the dryer and back into the drawer. The circuit it travels (apart from its time on my foot, of course) can’t be more than 40 feet from bedroom to laundry room and back again. Missing socks do not happen in my house.
Until they do. 😦
I have misplaced socks before, of course. Usually they turn up affixed by static cling to a towel or caught up in the bed sheets (often in the bottom of a pillowcase). Sometimes one gets loose and drops behind the washing machine. But they always turn up eventually. This one has been missing for days and not turned up on any towels or sheets, so I fear it is well and truly lost. Where could it go?
Update, August 16, 2013: The missing sock finally reappeared today, stuck inside the sleeve of a white t-shirt. I’m so glad it didn’t end up as an alien’s hat! 😉