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2014-01-08 11:45:31 AM  
He wears a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.
 
2014-01-08 11:49:15 AM  
Ties are cock rings for intellectuals, keeping the brain engorged with oxygenated blood.

Caveat:  That was just a guess.

P.S.  I am a typing chimp.
 
2014-01-08 12:00:18 PM  
Ties are a good thing, unless it's a Half-Windsor that you're tying.  At that point, you might as well just stop trying.
 
2014-01-08 12:10:14 PM  
Never trust a man in a bow tie.
 
2014-01-08 12:17:59 PM  
So you can pick him out of the "High-fiving White guys."
 
2014-01-08 12:23:12 PM  

Paris1127: He wears a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.


I enjoy Dr. Who as much as the next fan, but i cannot give in to this propaganda about bow ties. It just goes against everything that i know about the world. Bow ties are for clowns and male strippers, not someone that i would ever take seriously.
 
2014-01-08 12:27:54 PM  

PainInTheASP: Ties are a good thing, unless it's a Half-Windsor that you're tying.  At that point, you might as well just stop trying.


Hey, at least it is not that four-in-hand. That one never fails to look ugly and crooked.
 
2014-01-08 12:29:39 PM  

Eskaminagaga: Paris1127: He wears a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.

I enjoy Dr. Who as much as the next fan, but i cannot give in to this propaganda about bow ties. It just goes against everything that i know about the world. Bow ties are for clowns and male strippers, not someone that i would ever take seriously.


i'm a lawyer in new orleans, and there are many professionals in new orleans who wear bow ties.  new orleans is weird and has its own fashion sense, so i don't expect it to be true anywhere else.  but here, it's perfectly acceptable, and is not a new or hipster thing to do.  though, the hipsters are doing it too.
 
2014-01-08 12:37:45 PM  
I occasionally wore one at work because we were required to wear a tie and I liked the look of an unblemished white shirt when I looked down.

Also, to show off that, yes, I knew how to tie one.
 
2014-01-08 12:41:09 PM  

Mad_Radhu: PainInTheASP: Ties are a good thing, unless it's a Half-Windsor that you're tying.  At that point, you might as well just stop trying.

Hey, at least it is not that four-in-hand. That one never fails to look ugly and crooked.


Try the Pratt knot. It's easy and always ends up neat and symmetrical.
 
2014-01-08 12:48:57 PM  
In my experience, a bow tie is slightly easier to tie than a cravat. Also, it does fall into your soup or get caught in a grinding machine in the comical way the way it does in cartoons. It's always risky eating with a cravat, seeing as they are natural spot-catchers and a good silk tie can cost you quite a bit of money so you're probably better off getting your stains on a shirt which can be bleached au besoin.

All in all, I'd say esthetics and safety are the prime concerns in the selection of a bow over a cravat.
 
2014-01-08 12:50:42 PM  

pute kisses like a man: Eskaminagaga: Paris1127: He wears a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.

I enjoy Dr. Who as much as the next fan, but i cannot give in to this propaganda about bow ties. It just goes against everything that i know about the world. Bow ties are for clowns and male strippers, not someone that i would ever take seriously.

i'm a lawyer in new orleans, and there are many professionals in new orleans who wear bow ties.  new orleans is weird and has its own fashion sense, so i don't expect it to be true anywhere else.  but here, it's perfectly acceptable, and is not a new or hipster thing to do.  though, the hipsters are doing it too.


Southerners appreciate bow ties
 
2014-01-08 01:03:30 PM  
The oldest knot;
 
2014-01-08 01:04:15 PM  
s3.teefury.com
 
2014-01-08 01:14:01 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: So you can pick him out of the "High-fiving White guys."


Sigh...I miss them so much.
 
2014-01-08 01:14:50 PM  
Because a regular tie will interfere with the experiment when you're bending over. I thought everyone knew this.

That's why scientists and science teachers wear bow ties. Chemistry teachers especially. It's not dorky, it's functional. Last thing they want is a tie dripping in sulfuric acid.
 
2014-01-08 01:37:10 PM  

Ishkur: Because a regular tie will interfere with the experiment when you're bending over. I thought everyone knew this.

That's why scientists and science teachers wear bow ties. Chemistry teachers especially. It's not dorky, it's functional. Last thing they want is a tie dripping in sulfuric acid.


Or, slap your co-workers when you're bending over to show them how to use their computer machines.
 
2014-01-08 01:41:27 PM  

Ishkur: Because a regular tie will interfere with the experiment when you're bending over. I thought everyone knew this.

That's why scientists and science teachers wear bow ties. Chemistry teachers especially. It's not dorky, it's functional. Last thing they want is a tie dripping in sulfuric acid.


Problem solved:

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2014-01-08 01:48:12 PM  
I haven't worn a tie in a couple of decades but if I ever have to wear one again I think I'll wear a bow tie and it is going to be a clip-on.
 
2014-01-08 01:55:52 PM  
Because a regular tie will interfere with the experiment when you're bending over. I thought everyone knew this.

That's why scientists and science teachers wear bow ties. Chemistry teachers especially. It's not dorky, it's functional. Last thing they want is a tie dripping in sulfuric acid.


The most dangerous, infectious part of your doctor is his stupid necktie dangling into everyone's wounds.  I expect the dorky bowtie might be slightly more hygienic?

Doctors are told to ditch "disease spreading" neckties

or

Doctor ties 'to go in MRSA fight'

 
2014-01-08 01:56:16 PM  
Subby: Why does Bill Nye always wear a bow tie?

Dog whistle to hipsters.
 
2014-01-08 01:59:25 PM  

Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: [s3.teefury.com image 618x755]


I just get the shoggoth on the roof to tie ours.  They can actually be pretty friendly, at least when they're not projecting nightmares directly into our mind.
 
2014-01-08 02:01:46 PM  
How to tie a bow tie:

Step 1: be a wizard.

/no step 2

I have a few but no reason to wear them.  I prefer a skinny tie with a tie clip.
 
2014-01-08 02:07:00 PM  

Far Cough: Because a regular tie will interfere with the experiment when you're bending over. I thought everyone knew this.

That's why scientists and science teachers wear bow ties. Chemistry teachers especially. It's not dorky, it's functional. Last thing they want is a tie dripping in sulfuric acid.

The most dangerous, infectious part of your doctor is his stupid necktie dangling into everyone's wounds.  I expect the dorky bowtie might be slightly more hygienic?
Doctors are told to ditch "disease spreading" necktiesorDoctor ties 'to go in MRSA fight'


And people wearing scrubs out and about. farking nasty. Oh yes nurse who just got off your ICU shift and is touching everything in the produce section, who knows what youre covered in because you couldnt be bothered to shower or change after work...
 
2014-01-08 02:08:47 PM  

Far Cough: Because a regular tie will interfere with the experiment when you're bending over. I thought everyone knew this.

That's why scientists and science teachers wear bow ties. Chemistry teachers especially. It's not dorky, it's functional. Last thing they want is a tie dripping in sulfuric acid.

The most dangerous, infectious part of your doctor is his stupid necktie dangling into everyone's wounds.  I expect the dorky bowtie might be slightly more hygienic?
Doctors are told to ditch "disease spreading" necktiesorDoctor ties 'to go in MRSA fight'


At that point, wouldn't it be a better idea to have no tie at all?
 
2014-01-08 02:19:16 PM  

LrdPhoenix: Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: [s3.teefury.com image 618x755]

I just get the shoggoth on the roof to tie ours.  They can actually be pretty friendly, at least when they're not projecting nightmares directly into our mind.


Deep Ones are the way to go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFzdIaBnckg
 
2014-01-08 02:19:20 PM  
Had to pre-tie three ties for my fiance's trip this weekend, so I'm getting a kick.

/only know how to do a four-in-hand, like my dad taught me
//he's sales and marketing VP at a company, so I figure if it's good enough for him. . .
///want to learn the nicer looking knots though
 
2014-01-08 02:21:03 PM  
Oh, and I forgot the other big factor (which might have been mentioned in the articles that I dutifully linked without reading)... ties are one of the only pieces of clothing that NO ONE EVER WASHES.

At least belts and shoes are relatively slick and DON'T come in contact with people, but the nooks and crannies in Doc Brown's tie remember the germs from great aunt Edna's autopsy.

Not nearly as bad as shaking hands though.

/germawhat?
 
2014-01-08 02:25:41 PM  
Anything's better than a bolo tie
 
2014-01-08 02:28:13 PM  
Bolo ties.  Bolo ties are now cool.  They go well with Stetsons.
 
2014-01-08 02:28:51 PM  
See...that's what I get for reading the thread first.
 
2014-01-08 02:38:29 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Problem solved:


Is not 100% foolproof. Why risk it falling off or coming undone during a critical experiment?
 
2014-01-08 02:39:43 PM  
Unless you're my college buddy Ed, or Matt Smith, there is no way to wear a bow tie and not look like a
total tool.

/Alas, that included Bill Nye.
 
2014-01-08 02:40:02 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-08 02:40:59 PM  
Rotating machinery?
 
2014-01-08 03:27:55 PM  
Becuase he's an entertainer and not a scientist?


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-08 03:32:09 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Unless you're my college buddy Ed, or Matt Smith, there is no way to wear a bow tie and not look like a
total tool.

/Alas, that included Bill Nye.


What about Bill Nighy?

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-08 03:33:34 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: DjangoStonereaver: Unless you're my college buddy Ed, or Matt Smith, there is no way to wear a bow tie and not look like a
total tool.

/Alas, that included Bill Nye.

What about Bill Nighy?

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 800x448]


nay
 
2014-01-08 03:38:12 PM  

Peki: Had to pre-tie three ties for my fiance's trip this weekend, so I'm getting a kick.

/only know how to do a four-in-hand, like my dad taught me
//he's sales and marketing VP at a company, so I figure if it's good enough for him. . .
///want to learn the nicer looking knots though


I never tie my tie in a really nice knot unless I'm going to a funeral.  I don't often wear a tie and when I do I want to whole world to know that I don't enjoy it.
 
2014-01-08 03:39:49 PM  
because he's an entertainer, not a scientist?
 
2014-01-08 03:55:48 PM  

KJUW89: Optimal_Illusion: So you can pick him out of the "High-fiving White guys."

Sigh...I miss them so much.


I used to get mesmerized by Bill Nye's pulsating testicles when he did "Speed Walker"
 
2014-01-08 04:02:36 PM  

Egoy3k: Peki: Had to pre-tie three ties for my fiance's trip this weekend, so I'm getting a kick.

/only know how to do a four-in-hand, like my dad taught me
//he's sales and marketing VP at a company, so I figure if it's good enough for him. . .
///want to learn the nicer looking knots though

I never tie my tie in a really nice knot unless I'm going to a funeral.  I don't often wear a tie and when I do I want to whole world to know that I don't enjoy it.


Fiance is a musician, so it's part of the uniform (thank god I don't have to try to figure out a legit bow tie!). I find it hysterical that he doesn't know how to tie his own. He could probably look it up and do it himself, but there seems to be something special about the ritual of me tying it for him. I'm not very domestic, so it's nice to indulge in doing something wifely.

/and a bit of a gripe of mine. His dad has been in the music industry over 30 years and never taught his son some of the basics of the industry. Like how to tie a tie. Or how to write an invoice--I almost gave myself a concussion facepalming over that one.
 
2014-01-08 04:10:42 PM  

Paris1127: He wears a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.


Really the 40-some comments after this one are unnecessary
 
2014-01-08 04:12:46 PM  

Eskaminagaga: Paris1127: He wears a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.

I enjoy Dr. Who as much as the next fan, but i cannot give in to this propaganda about bow ties. It just goes against everything that i know about the world. Bow ties are for clowns and male strippers, not someone that i would ever take seriously.


I haven't seen enough of the new guy but at what point did the Matt Smith Doctor ever want to be taken seriously? He even went to great pains to kill off his name so people would stop being so damn afraid of him (granted that was inspiring people to hunt him and his companions down, but still...).
 
2014-01-08 04:20:54 PM  
I can't load video at work, but typically bow-ties are preferred by "nerdy" types of professionals because their work involves loose and potentially dangerous or just messy materials (chemistry, nuclear engineering, anything involving a lot of printing/writing and thus ink) or, even worse, actual machining.  That means a long rope strung loosely about your neck is either going to get dipped in something nasty or turned into a machine-driven garrote respectively pretty quickly, where a bow-tie will not.

As to why wear a tie at all, it's because science involves a whole lot of two things, and while one of them is research, the other is meetings and you don't always have the time for a full wardrobe change between the two.  So you try to wear things that are practical in both settings.

// In modern science, as everywhere else, meetings and "business attire" no longer require ties at all.  So you'll rarely see a practical scientist wearing shorts or open-toed footwear, and you'll see a lot more button-up shirts than usual, but otherwise you'll see no more tie-wearing than in any other white-collar profession.
 
2014-01-08 04:21:52 PM  

Paris1127: He wears a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.


Counterpoint:

mjcdn.motherjones.com
 
2014-01-08 04:25:11 PM  

give me doughnuts: Mad_Radhu: PainInTheASP: Ties are a good thing, unless it's a Half-Windsor that you're tying.  At that point, you might as well just stop trying.

Hey, at least it is not that four-in-hand. That one never fails to look ugly and crooked.

Try the Pratt knot. It's easy and always ends up neat and symmetrical.


I recenty discovered the trinity knot and am looking forward to trying it out. Not many opportunities to wear a tie now that I work in the oilfield.
 
2014-01-08 04:36:47 PM  

Paris1127: He wears a bow tie now. Bow ties are cool.


static.tvtropes.org
 
2014-01-08 04:45:12 PM  

xanadian: Bolo ties.  Bolo ties are now cool.  They go well with Stetsons.


Wait... Bolo's are fashionable again? I can't wait to break mine out from 1990 and be cool again! Have thermal shirts and parachutes also come back into fashion?
 
2014-01-08 04:47:43 PM  
Pshaw.  Boy Scout neckerchiefs are what's hip.  Any minute now.
 
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