I bought these as a prank with which to gain the upper hand on the "circle game" with my daughter. Since I have been blessed with a girl who possesses the same sense of humor usually displayed by boys, she has stolen them and refuses to return them despite many repeated, (albeit, clearly idle) threats. I have been told that her war of wits against her fellow classmates has been a resounding success. One of the students in the class claims that he has cajoled his father into purchasing a pair for him as well. Thus, it can be said that an arms race involving socks has been unleashed upon the world. May the Lord have mercy on our souls.