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  • I'm used to thinking of the TED audience

  • as a wonderful collection of some of the most effective,

  • intelligent, intellectual, savvy,

  • worldly and innovative people in the world.

  • And I think that's true.

  • However, I also have reason to believe that many, if not most, of you

  • are actually tying your shoes incorrectly.

  • (Laughter)

  • Now I know that seems ludicrous.

  • I know that seems ludicrous.

  • And believe me, I lived the same sad life until about three years ago.

  • And what happened to me

  • was I bought, what was for me, a very expensive pair of shoes.

  • But those shoes came with round nylon laces,

  • and I couldn't keep them tied.

  • So I went back to the store and said to the owner,

  • "I love the shoes, but I hate the laces."

  • He took a look and said, "Oh, you're tying them wrong."

  • Now up until that moment,

  • I would have thought that, by age 50,

  • one of the life skills that I had really nailed

  • was tying my shoes.

  • (Laughter)

  • But not so -- let me demonstrate.

  • This is the way

  • that most of us were taught to tie our shoes.

  • Now as it turns out -- thank you.

  • (Applause)

  • Wait, there's more.

  • As it turns out --

  • (Laughter)

  • there's a strong form and a weak form of this knot,

  • and we were taught the weak form.

  • And here's how to tell.

  • If you pull the strands at the base of the knot,

  • you will see that the bow will orient itself

  • down the long axis of the shoe.

  • That's the weak form of the knot.

  • But not to worry.

  • If we start over

  • and simply go the other direction around the bow,

  • we get this, the strong form of the knot.

  • And if you pull the cords under the knot,

  • you will see that the bow orients itself

  • along the transverse axis of the shoe.

  • This is a stronger knot.

  • It will come untied less often.

  • It will let you down less, and not only that, it looks better.

  • We're going to do this one more time.

  • (Applause)

  • Start as usual --

  • (Applause)

  • go the other way around the loop.

  • This is a little hard for children,

  • but I think you can handle it.

  • Pull the knot.

  • There it is: the strong form of the shoe knot.

  • Now, in keeping with today's theme,

  • I'd like to point out -- something you already know --

  • that sometimes a small advantage someplace in life

  • can yield tremendous results someplace else.

  • (Laughter)

  • Live long and prosper.

  • (Applause)

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【TED】Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes (How to tie your shoes | Terry Moore)

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