erik911sd saidI guess that means you are better than the fictional subject of an Onion article.
Yeah, all this drama over a parody. Now the reality:
There are indeed specialized biking socks, though not typically as pricey as this Onion piece suggests. They wick moisture well, when you're sweating heavily during a long ride. They're also thin, not like bulky cotton socks. That keeps your feet cooler, and also more snug in your cycling boots.
Pedaling doesn't create the foot impact of running and other sports, so you don't need a thick, and insulating, padded sock bottom. And if you're riding over several days, as I sometimes do, the thinner, synthetic socks can be hand washed in a hotel sink and will quickly dry overnight. The same is true of my briefs, shorts and jerseys, too. By morning they're all dry.
It also happens that I use my biking socks with my golf shoes, as well. While they really don't offer any performance advantages in golfing, as they do for road biking, I like the bike sock patterns that are available more than plain cotton ankle socks. I even have a pair of biking socks with the HRC equals-sign logo on them.