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SELECT l.sock, r.sock FROM socks r, socks l WHERE l.sock LIKE r.sock and l.sock <> r.sock LIMIT 1;
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Re^2: How many different varieties (color, size, etc) of socks do you have in your sock drawer?
by chacham (Prior) on Oct 07, 2016 at 20:49 UTC

    That code makes no sense. LIKE without a wildcard means equals, so the two conditions cancel each other out. Unless sock means color, in which case it would at best tell you what you have a set of. But for that, it would be much clearer to write:

    SELECT sock FROM socks GROUP BY sock HAVING COUNT(*) > 1 LIMIT 1;

    Of course, that completely ignores ids (which sock) and the state of the sock. At the very least, you ought to check for State = 'Washed' or MIN(Times_Worn).