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.
Also called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla, the holiday commemorates Mexico’s defeat of the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Though the French were better equipped and had more than twice the number of troops, the Mexican victory was significant as this was the last battle in North America of an invading European force.
Be sure to celebrate… but do so responsibly.
Established in 1894 by Charles Almanzo Babcock1 in an effort to advance bird conservation, May 4 is Bird Day!
1. author of Bird Day: How to prepare for it (1901) ↩
Kaloo kalay it’s Dr. Seuss Day! Dr. Seuss1 was born March 2, 1904. He wrote over sixty books that have been translated into more than 20 languages and sold over 600 million copies.
To honor Dr. Seuss, March 2 was declared Read Across America Day by the National Educational Association. You can find a plethora2 of activities at Seussville.com. Even celebrities are celebrating.
And enjoy the good doctor’s musings on socks:
Give me the gift of a grip-top sock,
A clip drape shipshape tip top sock.
Not your spinslick slapstick slipshod stock,
But a plastic, elastic grip-top sock.
None of your fantastic slack swap slop
From a slap dash flash cash haberdash shop.
Not a knick knack knitlock knockneed knickerbocker sock
With a mock-shot blob-mottled trick-ticker top clock.
Not a supersheet seersucker ruck sack sock,
Not a spot-speckled frog-freckled cheap sheik’s sock
Off a hodge-podge moss-blotched scotch-botched block.
Nothing slipshod drip drop flip flop or glip glop
Tip me to a tip top grip top sock.
1. Theodor Seuss Geisel ↩
2. pleth·o·ra /pleTHərə/ (noun): a large or excessive amount of (something). “a plethora of committees and subcommittees”↩