by Mary Gunderson and Josh Williams
Indumentum Sockius--also known as the Sock--is an article of clothing found in the dry regions of Dryer Vent located in the Laundry Room. They are also found in different parts of Dresser Drawers.
The Sock is a creature categorized under the family inhaere, containing other clothing-like creatures and accessories. The Sock weighs in at 85 grams on average. Their top speed is unknown, as they do not move when being observed.
Socks mate for life, although —strangely—not to reproduce. Socks do not reproduce by themselves. New Socks are created in a Factory outside of their nests; they come in plastic bags.
Many Socks spend most of their lives without a mate in the Dryer Vent, but 90% or more eventually mate. Once they find their pair, Socks migrate to the Dresser Drawer where they are likely to spend the rest of their lives together.
The average lifetime of a Sock is 4-7 months; in that time, the Sock travels vast distances. Socks are helper animals whose main purpose is to migrate with and aid other animals. In return, their dominating animal gives them shelter.
Many Socks travel over 50 miles in their lifetime. Yet due to natural selection, Socks that have lost or do not have a mate will often be neglected or sacrificed to the garbage can.
Socks do not need food; they use photosynthesis to convert foot fungus into energy. However, Socks left in the sun too long often experience shorter lifetimes and discoloration.
Socks are known to have a mind of their own. Recent studies show that nearly 15 percent of Socks escape to the wild during bathing and drying periods in the Dryer. They are also one of the world’s most excellent swimmers.
Sockicians and scientists alike are running tests to see what makes these creatures think they’re so independent. Although the Sock relies on other creatures, it is not entirely known if they can survive on their own.
They can be mysterious and many things about them are undiscovered. We as humans encounter them daily, yet we know so little about them. Yet scientists and many others are working to unearth the mysteries of the creatures that we now rely on—Socks.