Never mind the potential of non-smelly socks for men... Is it true that 84 MILLION socks go missing in Britain every single month?

Must be true, the Guardian fashion pages report this startling statistic. And when you think about it, as they point out, socks are the only item of clothing that can spontaneously disappear. Sometimes they turn up again, more often they go to sock heaven, never to return.

How many might you have lost in your lifetime? And why do they never go missing in pairs?