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As we have seen, hundreds of years of trial and error have led to the strongest way of lacing our shoes, but unfortunately the same cannot be said about the way in which most of us tie our shoelaces - with a granny knot.
I have been given a passport to Paradise," I said to a friend earlier this year, showing him a card with the shy pride of a Boy Scout who has just tied his first granny knot.
Hence, at school, erecting tents, even tying anything more complicated than a granny knot, was quite beyond me.
But just when it seemed the Hornets couldn't wriggle their way out of a granny knot, let alone spring the relegation escape hatch, Henderson's spot-kick winner against West Ham has left Watford dreaming of a miracle.