Tying shoes…the right way.
Ever since my 10th grade english teacher started showing us videos from the TED conferences, I would find myself frequenting the TED website, procrastinating yet learning about fascinating topics at the same time. What else could be better? You can imagine my excitement when I heard that the TED conference was coming to GW. Sadly, I could’t get a ticket. Did anyone go to the conference?
To alleviate frustration I spent a good 2 hours on the TED website and found a video I’d like to share with the blog. For those of you who are unsure of the TED talks, they are a series of talks by fascinating people of interest every day. Their motto is “TED, ideas worth spreading”. Terry Moore, explains how he one day complained to a worker at his local shoe store how he loved the shoes but hated the laces. The clerk responded with “you’re tying your shoes wrong” As he then goes to explain how a simple reverse of how we wrap the lace around the so called “rabbit hole” the knot becomes stronger.
I found this interesting not because I now can tie my shoes better, but because such a simple skill I would have thought I mastered can one day be proven absolutely wrong. What else have I been doing “wrong” all my life?
You can find the video here: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/terry_moore_how_to_tie_your_shoes.html