Danielle Louise Carr, from Brentwood, Essex, might just be the greatest mind of her generation. She could have solved one of the biggest mysteries of the universe. She might actually know where your missing socks are. Picture the scene, you've done your washing and you're carrying it over to the tumble dryer. All looks normal here, a few pairs of socks, some jeans and tops. You press the button, the cycle clicks on. You return in an hour and... what's this? One part of your favourite sock twosome seems to have vanished into thin air? Surely this isn't possible. Well. It's not. The socks might have actually been slipping into a secret thieving compartment this whole time.
Danielle, 25, has found a forgotten filter in her tumble dryer right next to the usual fluff one and it's been eating her socks for years: ""My other half was saying the other day how he 'doesn't understand' how we can lose so many socks. We've got a drawer with hundreds of odd pairs. It's a nightmare. My tumble dryer wasn't working very well. So I checked the filter in the inside – there's a little drop-down bit in the bottom. But on the outside, I saw a button I hadn't noticed before, and it opened up a second filter. I had a look. I thought it was fluff at first, but then I pulled it out and it was a sock. Then I found another one, and another. I had to stop because my baby [Harry, one] woke up for feeding. But when I put him down again I'm going to go and find more socks. There's bound to be loads."
So I've been to blame for loosing socks when actually I was right that the tumble dryer eats them! There's a second filter underneath that socks fall into! Feel free to share so we can reunite long lost socks #mysterysolved pic.twitter.com/4GYxHblnHV— Danielle Louise Carr (@DaniLouise_psnl) March 15, 2018
The socks inside the filter were destroyed, so there's no option to ever wear them again, but you can give them the burial they deserve. Danielle uses a Bloomberg machine but apparently all tumble dryers are built to mostly the same specs, so chances are the little compartment is inside your machine too. Danielle says she's found all of her missing socks now, but she's even got some bigger ideas about where else you could look if yours aren't all in the filter. She's the gift that keeps giving: "It's just nice to know where they all got to. A friend called too and said a lot of the socks get stuck in the seal in the washing machine. So it's worth checking in there, too." Thank you for your service, Danielle.