You've Been Tying Your Shoes Wrong Your Entire Life

You've Been Tying Your Shoes Wrong Your Entire Life
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It may come as a complete shock, but you've probably been tying your shoes wrong your entire life.

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Most of the shoelace wearing public learn what Adam Sandler's character in Big Daddy christened the "loop it, swoop it, pull."

The process is spelled out below by the Washington State School for the Blind:

Source: WSSB
Source: WSSB

Basically this is all well and good, but as Terry Moore, director of the Radius Foundation, explained during a 2005 Ted Talk, it results in a weak knot. 

For a strong version of the same knot, all you have to do is perform the "swoop it" motion in the other direction and presto. 

You're left with a picture perfect knot that will hang tough and not come undone nearly as often.

Let Moore demonstrate:

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And there you have it — a tightly tied shoe.

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Read more: You've Been Making Ice Cubes Wrong Your Entire Life

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Jon Levine

Jon Levine is a staff writer at Mic, covering politics and people. He is based in New York and can be reached at JLevine@mic.com.

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