Here's the photo I took this afternoon while passing through Rural Alabama. Note the sign: "FORT PAINE - Official Sock Capital of the World" I have no reason to doubt this, although I wonder whom the official authority on socks was that had the ability to make this "official".
This week I'm in Rainsville, Alabama. With any luck, I'll have time to elaborate on the purpose of my visit, etc. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the warmer weather (early spring in the south) vs. what I've experienced earlier in the year (Minnesota, North & South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, et. al.).