I can say, with almost 100% certainty, that you are tying your shoes wrong. Seriously.
I’ve watched a lot of Ted Talks. I think they are great; especially when I have homework to do. I have come across some really interesting topics that I would have otherwise never known about. The database of subjects is so vast, it’s almost impossible to find a topic that hasn’t been covered in one way or another. Illusions? Yup. String Theory? Of Course. Houses made of completley reclaimed materials? You bet. I could keep going, but I think you get the picture. With such a wide library from which to choose, I thought I would pick something really important. This video is probably one of the shortest on the site, clocking in at under 3 minutes, but I promise you it has the ability to fundamentally change something that you do every day. It turns out, you are tying your shoes wrong. At least, that’s what Terry Moore says.
Terry got a pair of shoes that he really liked. The problem was that they had those annoying round laces, and he couldn’t keep them tied. So he went back to the shoe store and told the salesperson. The shoes salesman took one look and said “oh, your tying them wrong”. He showed Terry how to tie them correctly, and Terry thought that it was so important, he had to tell TED about it.
What he found out was that there are two forms of the standard shoe knot; a strong version and a weak version. Most people are taught to tie their shoes using the weak version and thus, our shoes come unties a lot more than is necessary. I highly recommend watching the video. It is a short clip, and it really does make a difference.
Videos like this are what I like most about TED. The speakers some how manage to convert things that would ordinarily be mundane, into truly fascinating lectures. Terry teaches us something new about an activity that all of us have been doing since we were 5. It’s the little things.