Would you pay $8,000 for Elvis’s socks?

From The Telegraph:

There is a special kind of passion that drives collectors of Elvis memorabilia; men and women prepared to spend tens of thousands of dollars to own an otherwise ordinary object that was once touched by the King of Rock and Roll.

On Thursday night, several dozen of them gathered in a studio theatre for the biggest-ever auction held on Elvis’s own Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee.

Glenn Johnson, a rangy Texan, paid $7,500 for some luggage which included a toiletry case containing a cuticle tool, a comb, and a nail file. He also got a pair of gold-toed socks.

Do you feel strange paying money for Elvis socks, I asked.

“I used to,” he said. “But not anymore.”  [MORE]


Originally posted on beloved's slave journal:

Insert dollar.

Clink, clink, clink, clink.

Panties, bras, socks, whites,

hot water, bleach, detergent.

Insert coins, start washer,

swish, swish.

Fluorescent lights yellow

the walls despite the sun shining

brightly outside.  Spanish spills

rapidly from the overhead TV.

Orange plastic seats, three year old

magazines, ‘she married him?! no way’.

Feet shuffle, carts roll, with the occasional

squeak.  Voices are hushed by large

front loading machines,

wash cycle complete.

Empty lint, add fabric sheets,

unload cart.  Wet clothes are so heavy – insert coins,

clink, clink, clink, clink.

Warm air filled with bleach and stale

cigarettes.  The attendant giggles

at the mother trying to discipline her child.

We make eye contact.  She smiles.  I’m a regular.

Check dryer.

Dry, dry, dry, damp.

Add more coins,

clink, clink, clink.

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One Giant Leap for Sock-Kind

In case you haven’t heard, there is a Kickstarter campaign to save Neil Armstrong’s space socks (and the rest of his space suit).  From the Smithsonian’s “Reboot the Suit” page:

For the Smithsonian’s first-ever Kickstarter campaign, we are proud to announce plans to conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in time for this milestone anniversary. We want to preserve Armstrong’s spacesuit – and the story it tells of its incredible journey – down to the particles of lunar dust that cling to its surface. Just like the Apollo program, we will accomplish this in collaboration of [sic] thousands of people across the country and around the world. And that’s where you come in.

Go help them out:

One Small Step for a Sock

Forty-six years ago today the first humans landed on the moon.  Buzzfeed may have the scoop on how the moon walk was filmed.  But, we have firsthand (or foot) knowledge of the historic event.

I received no special training, however I went through an additional fire-prevention treatment to supplement the naturally resistant characteristics of my Nome fibers.

I was assigned as the primary left sock of mission commander, Astronaut Neil Armstrong.

However, during the preparations for the lunar E.V.A. it was discovered that Astronaut Aldrin’s socks (both primary and reserve) had been left behind on Earth.

Upon discovery, the astronauts consulted with Mission Control in Houston and it was decided that Astronaut Armstrong would give his primary socks to Buzz Aldrin.  And so, Astronaut Armstrong’s back-up socks became the first socks on the moon, and I followed shortly afterward with Astronaut Aldrin.

But I’m not bitter.

Excerpt from the official statement given by Neil Armstrong’s sock.

Happy National Ice Cream Day

Today is National Ice Cream Day!  And our friends at How Stuff Works provided a concise history of the wonderful summer dessert:

“The earliest reports of people enjoying flavored ice desserts come from the Romans and the Chinese. Marco Polo returned from his famous expedition with fruit-flavored ices, reporting that Asians had been making them for thousands of years. These delicacies became popular in France in the 1500s, but only among royalty. Over the next few centuries, the process of making them evolved from hauling mountain ice to salt/ice freezing methods. Cream was introduced as an ingredient, and by the 1700s, people were enjoying a dessert that was very similar to today’s ice cream.”

Josh and Chuck devoted a whole episode to ice cream.  Check it out.