Last Thursday, February 12, Gary Owens passed away. The legendary voice actor was known for his role as the announcer on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,1 as the voice of the titular character of Cartoon Network’s Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and as Powdered Toast Man on Ren & Stimpy, of course.
To honor Gary, grab yourself this 5 pack of Ren & Stimpy socks and throw out all pairs except for Powdered Toast Man.
1. Sock it to me↩
Galileo Galilei, the father of astronomy, was born 451 years ago today.
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them.”
-Galileo on his search for missing socks
To celebrate, pick up a pair of these constellation socks from Sock It To Me:
What better way to say “I love you,” than with Robot Love socks from Joy of Socks?
Or, how about Puppy Love socks?
Or, an anatomically correct arrow through the heart.1
1. an ode to Steve Earle↩
For those of you with triskaidekaphobia,1 there’s a folk cure: climb to the tallest mountain (or skyscraper) and burn all of your socks with holes in them.2
You’ll then need some new socks, so how about a pair of these from Sneek Socks:
1. fear of the number 13 ↩
2. National Geographic ↩
Oh, the stories these stockings could tell. From the Lincoln Library’s official Tumblr page:
“Like the famously flashy artifacts that attract visitors from around the world, one lowly pair of socks teaches us just as much about American history. By studying Lincoln’s handwriting, experts can conclude something about the man’s character. By studying an unnamed young woman’s bridal hosiery, we can also conclude something about her character. Are the socks well cared for? Are there rips, or holes, and if so, were they mended? If they were mended, perhaps the owner couldn’t afford new ones. Perhaps there is a lesson in conscious consumer responsibility here. Alternatively, what kinds of materials were used in making socks in 1835? Are the socks plain, or do they have embroidered patterns? What does this tell us about fashion trends of the day?”
Thank you Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum for recognizing that socks have important stories to tell about history.
Ol’ Abe – our tallest President and the first to sport a beard – celebrates his 206th birthday today! So, pull on a pair of your Lincoln socks and start splitting some rails.
But if your Lincoln socks are a little worn and need replacing, head on over to Joy of Socks, for they have Lincoln socks in Red…
Olive… And Gray…
Haven’t found the perfect gift for your special Valentine? Soxfords has a His & Her’s Valentine’s Twister Special: two pairs of socks and a Twister game. What better way to show your partner that you care?
Courtesy of Mental Floss:
Half asleep and not looking, Jerry reached in
the clothes dryer to grab a pair of socks.
Inside the dryer are his 12 black socks,
his 7 blue socks, and his 2 green socks.
Now, Jerry doesn’t care WHAT color socks he wears;1
he just wants a pair that matches.
What’s the minimum number of socks Jerry would
have to blindly pull out of the dryer to ensure that
he has at least one pair of matching socks?
Check out Mental Floss for the ANSWER.
1. that should be obvious, since he owns green socks↩
Today is the birthday of the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison! To celebrate the occasion, rush over to CafePress and grab a pair of socks1 with a WHH quote.2
1. Or flip flops↩
2. They have six separate quotes to choose from!↩