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July 29, 2003

Lost and found

The Flea has a collection of socks which are missing their twin. I imagine a sockish equivalent of the Underpants Gnomes have a stack of single socks in a cave near my home. Lots of small things go missing and, with the exception of neurotic, optimistic gestures like my single-sock collection, I tend not to miss them. My neurotic optimism is founded on the impression that often those things which have gone astray pop-up elsewhere as somebody's free and extra bonus.

Archaeologists excavating the site of a major Roman temple in London have found a sealed box containing a white cream still bearing the fingermarks of the person who last used it, nearly 2,000 years ago.

And then... A Guardian article describes the opening of the box including the wrinkling of noses as the smell hit. The Museum of London has details on the site as a whole through the "Lifting the lid on Roman temples" link. They also have a RealOne news item which shows the opening of the box.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 29, 2003 10:06 AM


I bet it turns out to be Crisco.

Posted by: Robert Crawford at July 29, 2003 01:26 PM

Re the socks missing their twins.

Do single socks go to single socks bars?

Posted by: Richard at July 29, 2003 07:39 PM