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In certain places, it is apparently important to not walk around your house barefoot to avoid picking up pathogens,
such as hookworm, that are contracted through the soles of the feet. Therefore, it seems also important to avoid
having holes in the soles of one's socks, which is the most common place
for them to get holes. Also, assumably*, a lot
of people like walking around their houses in socks and dislike the experience of feeling the bare floor through holes
in said socks.
However, it can be difficult to spot holes in your socks while holding them before putting them on, because the color
of the area of the fabric with the holes is probably the same as the color of the other area of fabric you see through
the holes, because it can be hard to see holes in crumpled/loose fabric, and because you don't necessarily look,
because you know most of your socks don't have holes**.
A simple solution to this is to put a small mirror on the floor near the bed, or wherever else you put your socks on.
The mirror will reflect light to illuminate the sole of the sock, and the contrast between the color of the socks and
the color of your skin (in most cases) will let you see the holes better (but, of course, if you're putting on socks that
match your skin color, it won't be as effective). Then you can check your socks for holes in the soles after putting
them on but before putting your socked feet down on the floor, and, if necessary, you can take a holey sock off and
put on another instead.
*I'm assuming that this applies to a lot of people because it applies to me, and I've learned that hardly any personality
trait, like, dislike, interest, etc. is anywhere near unique.
**Because you presumably remove the ones with holes from your sock rotation and/or repair them.
||Is this an expensive add-on for the long toenail warning system? or are we talking different holes for different folks.
||Not to mention changing socks by putting the
socks on the other foot, until a toffee hammer
is needed to beat the socks into submission...
||But seriously, putting a small black hole into the sock and seeing where it falls out is probably the most accurate way to find sock holes. Additionally, spraying the black hole orange makes finding the (now orange) black hole much easier.
||This is a very difficult solution to an ingenious problem. [+]
||//A simple solution to this is to put//
||So where is the complicated solution ? Where is the vending machine sized SHD ? Socks could be placed on a ring and pumped full of small beads. Any beads falling out could be tracked by an array of CCD cameras. The resulting sock health report printed out on receipt paper would show an outline of a sock and either a check mark or a dotted arrow pointing to the hole location.
||This idea doesn't involve any type of explosive [-]
||The complicated solutions I thought of were 1) a computer vision
device with a camera and a screen (probably that of the user's phone)
to highlight any holes automatically, and 2) turning your feet upside
down to look at the soles of your donned socks directly, by either of
two techniques neither of which Google can find me a good
||I was still going with (1) until I started typing the idea, at which point
I realized a mirror would be better. I didn't think of (2) until I had
finished typing the idea. As well, looking directly at the bottom of
one's foot can be awkward for people with less flexibility, and it
doesn't have an object in your field of vision as you put your socks on
that's associated with it, both meaning people are less likely to make
a habit of it than of passing their freshly socked feet over a small
mirror on the floor.
||//pumped full of small beads// Bloody holey socks.
||Use a cat instead of a mirror: gently use the stocking
covered foot to scratch the belly of a cat, and feel
where the claws penetrate most forcefully.