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  1. Both objects are famous for being lost. However, if you lose a sock, it’s most likely to end up in a warm place indoors, like a laundromat. However, lost mittens are more likely than socks to end up outside in the freezing cold. I think that’s the thrust of the ‘joke’ here.

  2. It took me a while to figure out that was a mitten. A glove probably would have been easier to make the connection.

  3. Single socks are usually found indoors, and single mittens/gloves are usually found outdoors. (Though I have found a single sock outdoors a few times…)

    The coloring of the socks is meant to show that the socks are not a match, so that we are to understand that it’s one homeless sock consoling another homeless sock.

    And I gotta say, that’s one cute mitten out there.

  4. Do people actually lose mittens?

    I figure if you need mittens to go outside why would you take them off. And if you take them off wouldn’t you be aware you aren’t wearing it as you leave because your hand is cold and wet? And if your hand isn’t cold and wet then, did you really need the mittens in the first place?

    I never understood snow clothes. And overshoes. How the heck do you put them on and off without your shoes getting caught up in the suction and your socked foot accidentally stepping into the snow puddle on the mudroom floor?

  5. @ Grawlix – The difference being that those on the side of the road are always singles. The only pairs that I have seen were tied together and hanging (unreachable) from power wires.

  6. @Woozy: I usually stuff my workgloves in my pocket and lose one when I reach for something else in the same pocket without looking.

  7. I do have to admit that I loose gloves all the time. But I so seldom wear gloves and hate wearing gloves and would probably hate wearing mittens but…. if the point of mittens is that it’s too damned cold to go without them wouldn’t you notice immediately the moment you step outside that you don’t have them and know that you must have lost them in the one place it was warm enough not to wear them. …. so wouldn’t all lost mittens have been lost in a *warm* place? Thus defeating the joke.

    The things those of you grew up with snow think are common place and universally understood…

  8. The strip shows up so smll I couldn’t tell that it was a mitten – looked more like a bird or Casper the Friendly Ghost.;

  9. Mittens make me think of a word I learned here, a German insult for the sort of person who would leave his gloves on when making snowballs: Handschuhschneeballwerfer. Our poor little Casper the Friendly Mitten can at least take heart in knowing that his owner is no wimp.

  10. Bill, I agree with you. But only if the gloves are leather or some such. Cloth gloves don’t mix well with snowballs.

  11. @ Bill – When the snow is too “dry” (meaning “cold”) to pack properly, a useful trick is to form the snowball without gloves. The heat from the bare hand surface is just enough to melt some of the crystals, so that the snow will stick together and form a ball. This is (of course) excruciatingly painful(*), and cannot be used for larger scaled projects like snowmen or -forts.
    P.S. (*) – It would seem that some German males feel the need to insult people who don’t believe in their macho (bordering on “masochistic”) cult. A similar “insult” is “Warmduscher” (for those who dislike cold showers). There’s also “Sitzpisser“, for those who refuse to urinate while standing.

  12. “who would leave his gloves on when making snowballs: Handschuhschneeballwerfer”

    Wait? You are supposed to take you mittens off to make a snowball? Actually that makes sense. The one or two times I ever tried to make a snowball I couldn’t figure out how to keep the powdery snow to keep from sticking to my mittens. Nor could I ever figure out how to make snowman that didn’t fly apart when you blow on it.

    I think I read that you aren’t supposed to use fresh snow but the snow after it warms up and melts a crust layer…. but as I’ve never experienced snow where that ever happens I’m not sure.

  13. Only some snow is suitable for snowballs (or construction of snow forts, or snowmen, or anything else) — it has to be sufficiently wet, but not too wet.

    I once lost one of a pair of gloves I’d had for years (and liked because they were good for snowballing) … the conclusion I eventually came to was that I’d dropped it out of a pocket while stopped at a rest stop, so when I noticed it was well and truly gone even after a thorough search.

  14. If one buys gloves that do not specific left and right – put away the remaining glove – then when the one from the next pair gets lost – one has a pair again!

    My problem is that I have to wear children’s gloves and they do not make ones good for driving a car.

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