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January 30, 2013

Choke on this.

Every morning millions of men take an overpriced piece of fabric, loop it around their necks, and tighten it. While wearing ties is mandatory in many companies, I can’t help but wonder about the impact of a glorified noose. Major vessels run up the neck, supplying the brain with oxygen. If a tie is pressing against these vessels even the tiniest bit, is the brain getting 100% of the oxygenated blood? What if it’s 99.5%? Getting .5% less may not sound like much, but that adds up to a lot over a year. For instance, with that extra .5% an investment banking analyst could be working 20 hours a day instead of 19. Research universities should study this. It would be a good use of dwindling NIH funds. What should replace the tie?

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