Party Like It’s 1776

Happy Independence Day!  And what better place to spend it than at the birthplace of the original Stars and Stripes: Betsy Ross’ House in Philadelphia, PA.  Unfortunately, we were a couple of weeks too soon.


Two weekends back the crew of FOOTNOTES: A Sockumentary traveled to the City of Brotherly Love to shoot footage of Betsy’s actual upholstery workshop for an episode of the web series.


According to Betsy’s grandson, she “made with her hands the first flag” of the United States.  Legend has it that General George Washington came to her in late spring 1776 to make the request.  What isn’t widely known is that the original design called for six-pointed stars.  Betsy showed that with a few quick snips of her shears, five points were faster and easier to make.


FOOTNOTES owes a lot of thanks to all of the folks at the Betsy Ross House, particularly Lisa Acker-Moulder and Connor Quach, as well as Historic Philadelphia’s Sandy Lloyd.


The Underestimation of Socks

Originally posted on mygreenerthoughts:

Sock (n.)- 1. a garment that is worn around the foot and lower leg that provides comfort and prevents the feet from unwanted odors and bacteria.

I believe socks are highly underestimated. Being just a small piece of cotton, wool, or nylon, we often fail to remember their importance in our lives. What fascinates me is their versatility and the fact that we all need them.

I really do believe that socks are one of the best inventions, thanks to the Ancient Greeks and Romans from the 8th century BC. Socks come in all diffecurrent-situation-cozy-socks-tea-bed.-@themoptoprent types of colors, shapes, and materials and are used for different purposes. For instance, low-cut compression socks are for your everyday athletes, black socks that come up to the low shin are for adults who work in offices, and knee-high knit socks are typically worn for lazy days in bed and a cup of tea (hint: Tumblr).

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Cat Socks For Tables And Chairs That Protect Your Floor | Bored Panda

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Behold, possibly the most awesome and useful pair of socks you could possibly give to someone. These Nekoashi chair socks, by Japanese design company Toyo Case, fit on the ends of spindly chair legs or any other furniture bits that you want to stop from scratching your floor. Your furniture will now also look adorable to boot! #catsocks #HomeDecor #InteriorDesigner #interiordesignideas #HomeDecorating #interiordesign #furniture #efurnituremart #HomeDecorator #decor #roomdecorating – eFurnitureMart, eFurniture Mart

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Vibrating Socks

From Mentalfloss:  “Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are trying to revolutionize the way Americans dry their clothes.  They’re working on an ultrasonic dryer that vibrates moisture out, instead of evaporating it with heat, making the dryer more efficient and safer to operate.”

Vibrating clothes?  It’s like a dance party for your laundry.  Isn’t science great?  [more]