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October 30, 2004

A machine that ties a tie - in only 562 steps


The wonderful contraption pictured above can do it.

562 is a lot fewer than it would take me, since I never learned to tie one.

My tie - I only have one - was tied the day I bought it by the guy who sold it to me.

I then had him take it off by carefully loosening it just enough to slip it over his head without destroying the knot.

I took it home, perfectly tied, and hung it over the top of a hanger.

On those very rare days when, for one reason or another, a tie is required, I loosen the knot and slip it over my head, and I'm good to go.

The three-foot-tall tie-tying machine, called "Why Knot?", was built by retired biomedical engineer Seth Goldstein in his basement in Bethesda, Maryland.

It holds a tie mounted on a stand, surrounded by motor-driven levers, gears, and rollers.

The machine goes through its paces, then unties it, straightens it, and does it again, until you turn it off.

Goldstein built it to illustrate the complicated processes behind daily tasks.

Well, he's sure convinced me.

No wonder I couldn't figure it out when people tried to show me how. But I digress.

Next year, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers is going to put the machine on exhibit at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute.

A can't-miss attraction for moi when the bookofjoe World Tour hits the City of Brotherly Love.

[via Wired Magazine]

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yo dummy...why don't you find something to do with your life.

Posted by: Uncle pain | Jan 18, 2005 10:54:32 AM

I am looking for tying device for my job, that
is end of the 12 inch threed tied together, and
makes one circle(loop).
Please let me know your machine can make those
kind of job to do.
Merry Christmas and Happy new year.

Very truely yours.
Arnold Lee

Posted by: Arnold Lee | Dec 23, 2004 8:30:03 PM


Posted by: beljukommóðan | Nov 20, 2004 9:09:07 AM

bemutatkozunk minden fórumon

Posted by: brigi | Nov 18, 2004 6:57:08 PM

you sick mofo:)
learn howto tie your tie d00d


Posted by: phreak | Nov 10, 2004 4:08:57 PM

nekem csak a csávó szabad ideje kellene :)

Posted by: szánalmasról szintúgy | Nov 10, 2004 10:58:44 AM

kenny is dead

Posted by: béla | Nov 10, 2004 3:01:46 AM

Well... i'm mechanic and i can tie a tie, but would wonder, if this machine can do it too. ;-)

Posted by: Gazember | Nov 9, 2004 12:43:06 PM

há ez kurvajó..köll egy ilyen itthonra:))

Posted by: Serj | Nov 9, 2004 10:58:10 AM

anyád te kis fasz

Posted by: szánalmasról | Nov 9, 2004 9:43:58 AM

Incredible... We can come up with the mechanics of a machine that can tie a tie.. I will make mine from lego mindstorm when I get home tonight.........

Posted by: Kenny | Nov 2, 2004 9:32:58 AM

when can i buy that?

Posted by: fish doctor | Nov 1, 2004 5:38:17 PM

gravy! You, the dude of style, only has one tie. I tell you what. You go and buy yourself a few !STYLISHY! ties and mail them to me. I will tie them for you and mail them back. Just tell me how far it is from your top button to your belt so I get them the right length. It is the one area I can help the BookOJoe.

Posted by: kurt place | Nov 1, 2004 2:27:22 AM

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