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June 9th, 2002


Elastic is a pretty amazing product. It holds up our undies, our socks, and makes a fun little snapping noise. But elastic stops becoming our best friend when it starts to be, well, not so elastic. Have you ever had a pair of socks that have just started to sag after a while?

In order to save Americans the extra money that we spend replacing products with worn-out elastic, I declare a “sock tax” that would take money spent on every pair of socks purchased and put it towards research of ways to make a longer-lasting elastic. Who’s with me?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 10, 2002 -- 12:36:30 am
I'd rather have Elastica hold up my socks . . . and underwear.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday June 10, 2002 -- 8:32:58 am
I'm with you, Ryan.

Elastic needs to be replaced with something far more elastic-y. Maybe it can be a space-age polymer... allegedly, they're doing great things with them nowadays.

FROM: amber
DATE: Saturday June 15, 2002 -- 4:01:27 am
i like my socks as they are--nonexistent. maybe we should try living without elastic? O.o

FROM: King Random
DATE: Saturday June 15, 2002 -- 9:43:02 pm
I am with amber. I don't wear socks, or shoes, as often as possible. If we didn't have elastic, then maybe people would become more open and social. I know that all the people I know who don't wear shoes are pretty cool people.

FROM: big fat lizard
DATE: Thursday June 20, 2002 -- 12:59:00 am
socks? I live in Florida where mostly if I'm out - I'm in a sandle...and sometimes no shoes at all! - as for the elastic on my shorts - I like mine a little worn out...I don't like my gut pinched by the elastic so hard where it's giving me a belly ache...

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday June 20, 2002 -- 10:15:46 am
Sorry. Gotta have the elastic in my socks. You want me to wear socks, trust me. A fresh clean pair each and every day, otherwise, my social life would be dead the minute my shoes are removed. I have found, however, that I don't seem to have the elastic wear-out problem. I usually buy Champion brand crew socks from the discount store like Marshall's--the only way they're reasonably priced. The elastic never wears out. Of course perhaps it's just that it never wears out before my rather caustic and vinegarry foot discharge disintegrates the socks anyway. I do have to replace the socks on a regular basis for holes in the toes--but never for failed elastic.

DATE: Tuesday December 2, 2003 -- 11:23:14 am

DATE: Friday December 5, 2003 -- 11:22:18 am
I never wear socks. They look ugly and disturb your feet. I think we should get rid of socks. Maybe the world would be better if we did.

FROM: Kate
DATE: Saturday December 6, 2003 -- 2:06:36 am
I am not a big fan of socks, personally. They make me feel stifled. However, when there's snow up to your knees, you'd have to be masochistic not to wear any. The elastic on mine doesn't usually wear out before the material does, though.

DATE: Sunday December 7, 2003 -- 8:45:17 pm
There are some things I forgot to mention on the December 5 poll. Another thing I don't like about socks is that they make your feet sweat. They also get lint on your feet and inside your shoes. Also, your toenails get caught on them. They make your feet too hot in the summer as well. There's not any good reason to wear them either. They don't even keep your feet warm in the winter.

DATE: Monday December 8, 2003 -- 11:00:03 am
I also don't think we need elastic.

DATE: Monday November 28, 2005 -- 2:40:14 am
Socks are for winter, if you don't own any fleece-lined footwear. They are too hot & uncomfortable, & I never wear them, and have no problem. I just don't wear the same shoes every day- in fact I usually wear sandals unless its cold out. Socks are more trouble than they are worth. If your footwear is so uncomfortable that you need socks, throw 'em away & get some comfortable ones for petes sake!

FROM: Robert FUnston
DATE: Thursday January 19, 2006 -- 12:52:34 pm
I was in a hurry one day. I had ten minutes to get to work and it is a five minute drive from my house, that leaves me with five minutes to get ready. Where I work we wear jeans a polo, and tennis shoes, which is usually what I sleep in, not the shoes though. So I jumped out of bed, brushed my teeth combed my hair, grabbed my shoes and ran to the car. I got halfway to work and realized i had no socks. I said I wonder how comfortable shoes are with no socks, I put my feet in my shoes, got out of the car, and hours later i wondered why my shoes were so comfotable, I realized I needed to wear them without socks all the time, and i have never worn socks again, I was 16 then, i am 30 now.

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