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Are Colored Socks Bad for Your Feet?

October 6, 2012 12:14:00 PM NDT

There are a lot of urban legends out there. Is Sasquatch real? Does the five-second rule actually apply? There are probably others, but none are perhaps more important than the great colored sock debate. With all kinds of chemicals and dyes passing through our increasingly consumer-conscious world, it’s hard to believe that something hasn’t been fully tested. But then, it’s also difficult to believe that everything HAS been tested. It stands to reason that at least one product might have slipped through the safety nets and made it out to the general public. Could it be socks?

Plain socks don’t necessarily bear the brunt of this potentially anti-sock theory. The theory is that colored socks are bad for your health (and the health of your skin) because the synthetic dyes and fibers will seep in through the sweaty pores on your feet and infect your bloodstream. This is certainly great cause for concern if it happened to be true. In fact, if it were true, sock companies might summarily end ...

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Tired of Matching Socks After Wash/Dry?

September 30, 2012 12:10:00 PM NDT

With today’s busy schedules, it can be difficult to get anything done on time. Work, school, house cleaning, caring for the kids, and everything in between all lead to less and less peace of mind. Wouldn't it be nice to cross one of those annoying, mind-numbing tasks off your to-do list? Have you ever thought about your socks? Sure, they seem like an irrelevant part of your daily wardrobe, and you just put them on and take them off as if you’re merely doing a duty. But, socks come in many different shapes and sizes. There long socks, ankle socks, knee-high socks, just above the ankle socks, and every size of sock in between. The problem is they only come in a few colors: white, grey, or black. And isn't such a hassle to match up all those different-sized socks?

The answer is, “Yes, it is a hassle.” You could spend so much time searching through baskets full of plain-looking socks that you miss out on actual important things. Plain socks are endless and annoying. If you throw a few red s...

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Do You Know What to Get Your Employees for Christmas?

September 20, 2012 12:01:49 PM NDT

Most people work at a job for a living, and some of those people are bosses at their jobs. This may seem like the plainest fact in the universe and that’s because it is. Bosses, however, need to run the Machiavellian gauntlet of neither being too loved nor too feared. Maybe some bosses don’t view their job as that cut and dry. Or maybe they just want to be a normal person who happens to make more money than their subordinates. In any event, bosses are often tasked with getting their employees something small but thoughtful at Christmas time. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose gesture of goodwill, but it’s nice to know that your boss cares, especially during the Holiday season.

But, as a boss, what do you get everyone that doesn’t reek of absentmindedness and isn’t a dud of a gift? For starters, you don’t want to get everyone something different because you might be accused of playing favorites particularly if one person receives an iPod and the other receives a tea kettle. Perhaps the pe...

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What is the purpose of socks?

September 19, 2012 4:21:18 PM NDT

Socks are everywhere. They’re in our washers, our dryers, our sock drawers, our laundry baskets, our hampers, and our beds (somewhere). They’re also almost always on our feet. This might seem dangerous because sometimes we don’t know even know where they came from or how they got there. They are unique articles of clothing, attaching to the lower part of our lower limbs wherever we happen to go. But have you ever wondered why we wear socks? If it weren’t for the potential discomfort of modern shoes rubbing up against bare skin, we might not need socks at all, right?

Wrong. Socks serve a variety of purposes that make them almost indispensable to humanity.  But we also kind of take them for granted. Our feet are some of the most wildly disgusting body parts in the animal kingdom. Everyone has had a whiff of smelly feet at least once in their life, and it is a particularly odious experience. This is because, as previously noted, feet are gross. They are some of the sweatiest areas on the h...

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