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Neckties Are Bad For Your Brain

July 22, 2019

Neckties Are Bad For Your Brain

Until now, business attire for men has meant a suit, collared shirt, and a necktie. Many men have dispensed with neckties, and that may be smart. Wearing neckties can reduce blood flow to the brain by 7.5 percent. If you already have high blood pressure, that could make you dizzy, nauseous, or bring on headaches. A tight necktie can even contribute to glaucoma.

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to pop your collar button, you’re welcome.


“Wearing a tie may be restricting blood flow to your brain,” Alice Klein, New Scientist

“Another reason not to wear a tie: It could be cutting the blood flow to your brain,” Seattle Times


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There Are 177,147 Ways to Knot a Necktie

February 18, 2014

There Are 177,147 Ways to Knot a Necktie

“A small team of mathematicians, led by Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson of the of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, has uploaded a paper to the preprint server arXiv describing a mathematical process they used to determine that the number of ways to tie a tie is 177,147—far more than previous research has suggested.”

— “Mathematicians calculate that there are 177,147 ways to knot a tie,” Bob Yirka, (links added)

Here in Washington DC the necktie is an integral part of a man’s traditional garb, like the blue blazer and khaki pants. Most of us pick one of two or three ways to fasten a cravat and stick with it. For us, the early morning act of knotting a tie has a reflexive, mechanical nature.