For decades, the mystery of the missing sock has baffled those doing laundry. Does it run away, was it not happy at home, did someone steal it? Sometimes the mystery is easy to solve. It got left behind at home or it fell out of the laundry basket on the way down the stairs. Often, however, we find single socks looking for their mates. Front loading washing machines spin so fast that the clothes get stuck to the sides of the drum. When using the front loading machines, be sure to spin the drum as you are unloading it to make sure that socks are not “stuck” to the top of the drum.