In the event of socks ever becoming obsolete in humans’ lives, I’d like to take this opportunity to outline and question what they do, and how they come to do what they do.

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Socks are great things. They are woven, soft and meant solely to keep people comfortable, whether in terms of warmth or in terms of hygiene, by protecting people’s feet from the disgusting environment that is a shoe, or vice versa.

Generally, for adults, socks are marketed as one-size-fits-all; they are one of the very few low-stress, low-self-esteem-affecting garments which people wear on a daily basis. Some socks are made of thick, plush material, and others continue to be worn even when threadbare. Sometimes, people wear multiple pairs of socks at once. Socks can allow people to slide across their floors, either causing satisfied-joy or panic/surprise at losing one’s footing while walking.

Socks are usually hidden from…

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Happy Birthday #18!

“I have never advocated war, except as a means of peace.
Nor have I advocated the wearing of socks with sandals.”

~Ulysses S. Grant, 1889

Born today in 1822, Ulysses S. Grant gained notoriety leading the Union Army to victory during the American Civil War.  He went on to be elected President twice and his face now graces the $50 bill.  That bill, though, would only buy you two and a half pairs of Confederate Army socks, adjusted for inflation.  At the time, a pair of soldier’s socks in the South were $1, or $17.50 in today’s dollars.  Good thing the North won.

Happy Birthday Frederick Law Olmsted!

Famous for co-designing Central Park in New York City, Frederick Law Olmsted was born today in 1822.

In addition to being a landscape architect, Freddy was a journalist, social critic, and conservationist.

But his landscape plans have brought him his fame due to the volume of his work.  Olmsted designed parks, college campuses, and other public spaces in 25 states and 3 Canadian provinces.  If you live in North America, chances are you’ve got an Olmsted park close to you.

Happy Birthday Superman!

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  It’s a man in spandex and underwear leaping over tall buildings in a single bound!

On April 18, 1938 the first issue of “Action Comics” was published.  This also marked the first appearance of Superman and launched the superhero comic genre.

Action Comics 1.jpgRaid your grandma’s attic, because Action Comics #1 is considered the most valuable comic of all time.  In 2014, a copy sold for over Three Million Dollars!

Though Action Comics #1 is the the introduction to Superman as we know him, including his backstory of being sent to Earth as a baby and fighting for truth and justice, this wasn’t the first time that creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster attempted to tell a story of a “superman” with extreme powers.  In the short story “The Reign of the Superman” the titular character is actually a super villain with telepathic powers bent on ruling the world.

We’re glad Siegel and Shuster had a change of heart.  Otherwise, we may not have socks with capes today.