Scientists finally figured out why the laundry eats your SOCKS. And no, they don’t magically disappear. Basically, it depends on how much laundry you do, the number of people in your house, and the number of socks in a load.

A psychologist and a statistician came up with a mathematical formula called the ‘Sock Loss Index.’ It’s too complicated to fully explain, but here’s the gist. . .

First you multiply the number of people in a household, times the frequency of washes. You also multiply the different TYPES of washes you do . . . like darks, whites, and different temperatures . . . times the number of socks you wash in a week.

Then you add those numbers. But here’s the best part . . . you also factor in someone’s ATTITUDE. Like whether they check pockets, unroll sleeves, turn clothes the right way out, and unroll socks. Not surprisingly, men are worse than women.

Then you multiply attitude times attention to detail, and subtract it from the other number. See? WAY too complicated. But that’s the point . . . doing laundry is more complex than it seems.

Which explains why the average person loses 15 socks a YEAR . . . that’s a little over one sock a month. Or 1,264 socks in your lifetime.

The top three reasons people give for losing socks are: They fall behind furniture . . . one sock doesn’t make it in . . . or they get blown away when they’re drying outside.