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 Harry Houdini!


Born Erik Weisz, Harry would be 141 years old today.  But the famous illusionist couldn’t escape death, which came on Halloween 1926.  Nothing could hold the great escape artist, including tanks of water, milk jugs, handcuffs, or coffins.

But did you know that he has had a sock named after him?  The Houdini sock is a special knitting technique that encloses the sock with no way in or out!  If you’d like to knit a pair of your own, you can find the pattern and description here. 


Happy Birthday #4 & #7!


Two presidential birthdays on two consecutive days!

President #4, James Madison, was born today in 1751.  The United States owes a great deal to Mr. Madison.  Known as the “Father of the Constitution,” Madison was instrumental in its drafting and ratification.  As well, he was the primary author of the Bill of Rights.

Andrew Jackson, president #7, was born yesterday in 1767.  At the age of 13, he was captured by the British while serving as a courier during the Revolutionary War.  The rest of his career is no less dramatic, and certainly controversial.  On the one hand, you’ve got to respect a hardcore duelist who died with more than a half-dozen bullets in his body.  On the other hand, he signed and enforced the Indian Removal Act.

If you’ve got presidential aspirations of your own, show your swagger in a pair of POTUS socks from PLNDR.com

Happy Birthday Albert Einstein!

How cool is it that Albert Einstein shares his birthday with Pi Day?!  Born today in 1879, Al is arguably the world’s most famous physicist.   Unfortunately, Al never wore socks.

“Even on the most solemn occasions I got away without wearing socks
and hid that lack of civilisation in high boots.”

So, we’ll have to live with the fuzzy slippers instead.  Mentalfoss has other awesome photos of Al and Huffington Post’s got plenty of interesting facts.  And, if you want Einstein socks of your own to wear, grab a psychedelic pair from Joy of Socks.