Sometimes things happen that are a wee bit eerie and make us wonder. That very thing happened to me this past week.
I was reading the Google News in the AM and saw a headline that made me shake my head in wonder. It was about new scientific study on why shoelaces come untied. HUH?? REALLY??
I didn't bother to read it and scanned further down the page for news with more substance. After all, I could not remember the last time my shoelaces came untied. Maybe I was six years old if it happened at all. Did this phenomenon actually deserve a study?? Who pays for these ridiculous studies??
Later in the day I went shopping. As I walked through the store, my shoe felt funny and I looked down. Low and behold, my left shoe was untied and the laces flopped about tauntingly. No way! This NEVER happens to me. I was feeling a bit spooked.
I decided the Gods of Physics must be having fun with me for my arrogance earlier. With a slightly red face and feeling a little childlike, I retied my shoes and resumed my shopping.
After lunch that same day, I was taking my "instead of dessert" walk when I got that loose shoe feeling again. In total disbelief, I noticed that now my right shoe was undone. You have to be kidding! I was incredulous--both shoes in the same day after a perfect record for 70 years.? This could not be happening.
I had tied my shoes that day long before seeing the headline so it wasn't power of suggestion that made me tie my shoelaces differently that morning.
Boy I must have really ticked off the Gods of Physics by snubbing the study. I am blaming some mischievous little elves on Physics' payroll who tugged on the long end of my laces. They must have felt I needed slapped around a little for being so dismissive. OK, I get it.
So far that oddity has not reoccurred though I must say I have been a bit more attentive tying my laces.
Do you have trouble with shoelaces?? Do you think this scientific study was necessary when we have so many demanding problems that could put scientific minds to better use? Or are you grateful this problem has finally been addressed?