The Costco Sock Dilemma for Color-blind People

Did you know that Costco is one of the best places to buy socks? So many for such a good price! For years they have been putting out some pretty nice thermal socks. At first they sold the ones by Head, then later their own brand which were meant to match the ones that Head manufactured. So here’s a little test for you: Do any of the socks in this picture match?

Now theoretically, the two on the right match, as well as the two on the left. The two in the middle are supposed to match, but I think everyone can see that they don’t. Truth is, none of them match. You see, I have something called “color vision deficiency” which is commonly called “color blindness”.  Unlike pure color blindness, which means the inability to see color at all, mine is a “deficiency” in which there are certain colors and shades that I have a problem interpreting correctly. I won’t go into detail. We all know someone who can’t seem to tell green from brown, or purple from blue.

The upside of color blindness is that I can tell when certain things, such as socks, don’t match. Even supposedly black socks. My dad told me that people with color deficiency were quite indispensable on the battlefield because they can easily pick out camouflage. I’m quite relieved that I never had to put it to the test!


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