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So I was at a bar last Thursday watching the Phillies win and an Australian man comes up to me and tells me what a wretched knot I have around my neck.  So I said “what are you talking about sir?” He said “Well now that is just a four-in-hand. You’ve got to have a Windsor if you want to be somebody.” Like anybody I want to be sombody someday so I assented to his showing me the ropes if you will.  Now my dad, bless his soul, showed me how to tie the four-in-hand many moons ago and naturally I thought it was the only knot in the world. That is until I was catching up on Entourage last spring and you know the one where Ari fires the one twin but he can’t tell them apart and the other twin is all like “Yeah Ari but I’m the one with the Windsor knot.” Well that is where I first came across-an inkling of it anyway-this whole other thing of there being different kinds of knots. You see the four-in-hand I was aware of-but didn’t really make the connection to ties-from reading an O. Henry story but I don’t know if I am prepared for this book: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_85_Ways_to_Tie_a_Tie. I don’t think anyone in their right mind is.

Even now I think that the appearance of these knots is the same, it is just that the Windsor is a beefier knot, that’s all.

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