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I was thinking ... we send the spaceships as far as Mars, and the laser guided bomb can kill a lot of people with amazing precision. Yet my damn shoelaces untie at least 3 times a day. How can that be?
i have a tip to help keep your shoelaces tied, assuming you use the standard bow-type knot most americans use.
it's hard to explain without showing, but i'll try. most people usually start with a 1/2 hitch. you wrap one lace around the other and pull it tight. but instead of wrapping around once, go around twice. this makes it less likely to come lose while tying the actual bow.
once you've done that, you make a loop with one lace. I usually make it with my right thumb and index finger, using the lace on the right.. you then wrap the other (left) lace around the loop, and then tuck it up through where your thumb is.
What i do it as i wrap it around, i catch it between my thumb and index finger, then wrap it around AGAIN. There should be TWO loops around your thumb now. Now pull the lace through BOTH of these loops, and pull tight.
ever since i discovered this, my shoes only come untied when the cat grabs them when i walk past, and often not even then.
They can then be untied just like normal, using either lace to pull them loose.
there's also something called a 'double-knot', but if you don't untie them correctly, you get a BIG ugly nasty knot that takes a while to undo...
I don't know if that made ANY sense, but if you figure it out, you'll never have this problem again.
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Clothing fashions are based on tradition, not efficiency. The look of a wool suit and tie, for example, are based on the economics of early 19th century clothing manufacture and technology. If you wanted efficiency, you could buy shoes that fasten with velcro, and wear a zippered jumpsuit.
Maybe its your knots - as the old saying goes: "Three round turns, would hold the Queen Mary". [as in the naval ship HMS Queen Mary, and non the monarch! :roll: ]
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Originally posted by John Smith: I was thinking ... we send the spaceships as far as Mars, and the laser guided bomb can kill a lot of people with amazing precision. Yet my damn shoelaces untie at least 3 times a day. How can that be?
I started double-knotting a couple of months ago for this reason. It's really changed my life.