Sock Stories for National Lost Sock Memorial Day

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Sock Stories1Where do socks go when they fail to show?  If the lost sock could talk would it tell us where it walked?  Why do they get lost by themselves, never in pairs?  Why is the lost sock always from the pair you wanted to wear?  Why, oh why, do socks like to strike out on their own?  May 9 is National Lost Sock Memorial Day!  Remember favorite missing footwear and read some stories about socks. –Ginny W.

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting When Duck loses his pair of brand new blue socks he asks Mr. Fox and Mr. Ox  and his friends the Peacocks if they have seen them.  Then Duck makes a happy discovery.

Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth Dancing ducks and decorated socks meet once a week for a wild sock hop.  And when the dance ends and the socks…

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In Memory of Those We’ve Lost

For obvious reasons, we chose not to celebrate yesterday’s holiday.  But today cannot be ignored.  Today we pay honor to all those who have been lost in action.  Today is Lost Sock Memorial Day.

Socks are ignored, unappreciated, and taken for granted.  They are walked on day after day.  And yet, we only take notice when they disappear.  So, let’s all take a moment of silence to show respect for both those we’ve lost and those that have been left behind.

Thankfully, the United States government has recognized the need for search and rescue of lost socks.  Our friends at lonelysock.com detail the history of the Bureau of Missing Socks:

Most people are surprised to learn that the Bureau of Missing Socks began as a company in the Union Army during the Civil War in the States of America. It was formed on August 1st, 1861. The name of the founder was Joseph Smithson and he was a haberdasher by trade but quite a bad soldier. He was therefore put in full and complete charge of socks of the enlisted men and officers.

Heavy.com also provides “5 Fast Facts You Need to Know” about Lost Sock Memorial Day.

Thank you, socks, for all that you do!  We’ll never forget.

THE WEB SERIES

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Footnotes: A Sockumentary
 is a ridiculous web series that explores history from an unlikely perspective: socks.

What would the Founding Fathers’ socks say about them, literally?  If George Washington’s socks were made in England, could they still have respect for him?

The Footnotes series combines the content of Drunk History with The Muppet Show’s whimsy and the educational value of Reading Rainbow. 

FORMAT
Each episode explores a historical figure or event, focusing on a unique anecdote.  Filmed as a mockumentary, our earnest1 human host discusses a variety of topics with the sock puppet witnesses.  Each sock’s story is illustrated through animation, re-enactments, and manipulated historical footage.  Though the sock characters are fictional, the information presented is historically accurate.2

PURPOSE
The primary goal of the series is to encourage young minds to consider and
understand historical events from new perspectives.  Footnotes is not intended to be a stand-alone product, but a catalyst for the exploration of new ideas.

CONTENT
Topics are based on curriculum and appropriate for grades three through five, with sophisticated humor intended for all audiences.3  Each episode is a brief 3.5 minutes long and structured in blocks
of three to four episodes focused on a common theme, such as the Revolutionary War, Women in Science, or Space Exploration.

These various topics and figures allow Footnotes to integrate subjects beyond history.  Episodes on Marie Curie, George Washington Carver, and Isaac Newton would necessitate math and science details.4  As well, each episode will subtly include other subject material, such as grade appropriate vocabulary words.

This silly take on history will remind everyone that the past can be just as fun and unusual as the present, despite what you read in a book.


Footnotes: A Sockumentary
is currently in pre-production and is being developed by Good.Bye Films, in partnership with American University School of Communication and funded in part by the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship administered by the Television Academy Foundation.

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2. Truth can be stranger than fiction, like the time that the Liberty Bell was hidden under a pile of manure. 
3. Did you know that Buzz Aldrin was the first person to pee on the Moon?
4. And crime fighting – in addition to being a physicist, Newton’s second career was as the Ward of the Royal Mint where he took down counterfeiters, sans cape and tights.

WHY SOCKS?

For centuries, socks have been an important feature of human attire.  Comfortable, useful, fashionable… and a bit silly.1

Socks are also rather universal.  From president to pauper, almost everyone wears socks.  And they tell a lot about us.  A wool argyle gives the impression of bookishness.  A black silk stocking suggests sophistication.  A threadbare gym sock reeks of brute energy.  In Footnotes we get to actually hear what they have to say about their owners.  And when those owners are famous historical figures, there’s no telling what stories they’ll have up their… well, you get the point.

Because of the universality of socks, anyone can participate at home or school.  Just be sure to wash yours first.

You can find a brief histories of socks here and sock puppets here.

And if you’re after information about history, the American Library Association has a great list of websites appropriate for kids.


1. Socks are known to have a wonderful sense of humor. Just don’t ask them to tell a knock-knock joke – they always forget the punchline.