05/02/2011 12:41 pm ET Updated Jul 02, 2011

University Of Alaska Faces Sock-Flushing Problem

Since December, hundreds of child-sized socks have been flushed down the toilets of University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The errant socks have caused thousands of dollars of damage to the sewage system.

The Daily News-Miner has more:

It’s a puzzling problem, and campus officials admit they don’t know what’s behind it.

[Maintenance Superintendent Bill] Cox said unusual things end up in sewer drains all the time. But the wave of socks has come at an alarming rate — the maintenance staff has a 30-gallon bucket that’s nearly full of socks retrieved from the system. The socks are mainly children’s sizes, and Cox said the strange habit must be costing a fortune.

The socks problem has produced a bad smell in the fine arts center, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Sun Star.