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Just as shoes are a focus for various superstitions, so too are socks (or in former times, stockings). Most people agree that the right shoe should go on first but that the left sock should be first to go on, a contradiction of the usual prejudice against the left side. It is also lucky to find that one has put a sock on inside out or to discover that one has put on an unmatching pair (in which case the wearer should leave them as they are to enjoy the full benefit). Should the wearer thrust his toes into the heel of the sock when putting it on, it signifies the imminent arrival of an important letter.
Once on, socks that descend to the ankle for no apparent reason are a sign that a lover is thinking of the person concerned. At the end of the day, those who are prone to nightmares should pin their socks on a cross to the end of the bed to get an undisturbed night's rest. According to another old superstition, sleeping with a (left) sock or stocking around the neck will cure a sore throat and will also give a sleeper dreams of future marriage partners.
Well, there you have it. So, if there's any of you suffering from a sore throat, you may want to wrap a sock around your neck tonight. If it works, check back here and let me know. And because I love finding these videos, here's one about New Socks by NewSocksRock. Enjoy!