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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.
Here my small intestine was practically tied in a granny knot from exertion, and she was having a ball.
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.