Great trick for freeing a power cord when it's trapped under furniture

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How many basic knots do you know? A helpful guide to 7 of them

Maybe it's been awhile since that merit badge, or maybe you haven't been out on a boat of late. In any case, here's Andy Tran's great refresher course on 7 essential knots.

The knots covered in this video are:

Square Knot (Reef Knot) Clove Hitch (Builder's Hitch, Tied in a bight, and at an end) Sheet Bend (And Double Sheet Bend) Bowline (Tied two ways) Figure 8 loop (Tied 3 ways) Round Turn + Two 1/2 Hitches Taut-Line Hitch

If you are wondering, the difference between a square knot and a granny knot (or lubber's knot) is that in a square knot, both parts of the line go over or under their respective loop. Here's a comparison from the terrific site ShoeKnots.com

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Artist tied one beautiful knot every day of 2016

San Francisco artist Windy Chien made one new knot every day last year and many of them are exquisite string sculptures. She learned from The Ashley Book of Knots, Clifford W. Ashley's 1944 tome of 4,000 knots.

“I like the repetition of knots—it lets me get into a state of flow,” Chien told Wired. “But what I’m primarily interested in is how our eyes follow a line. The line is one of the six building blocks of art, and I’m obsessed with it.”

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How to tie the world’s fastest shoelace knot

Most people tie their shoes with the inefficient "bunny loop" shoelace knot. Let kindly Professor Shoelace show you the superior “Ian Knot."

Besides being faster, the Ian Knot is also more symmetrical, works equally for right or left handed people, and has fewer steps to memorize, all of which make it easier to learn.

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Instructions for legitimate knot enthusiasts

Please observe this chart of knots and then direct all claims of new knots to the New-Knot Claims Assessment Committee, which will assess your knot and let you know whether or not the knot is new. Read the rest