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Retractable Tie II

 
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The bottom flap retracts up into the knot, as do the arms of the loop (which connect to each other at the back of the neck, like some hideously complicated bra-catch).

Fully retracted, the now-pudgy trapezoid can be tossed into the sock drawer, without worry of creasing.

FlyingToaster, Jun 04 2019

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       You permit your valet to throw your ties in the sock drawer ? For shame, [FT], for shame ...
8th of 7, Jun 04 2019
  

       Well, the point is that you can, not that you should.
FlyingToaster, Jun 04 2019
  

       Ah, the old " Capability does not imply intent" defence ... Kim Ping -Pong loves people like you, "Look, I just want a few nukes to impress the neighbours, of course I'm not actually going to use them ..."
8th of 7, Jun 04 2019
  

       It should work like some blinds where you pull down and release, then to raise you pull down a bit further and release.
bigsleep, Jun 04 2019
  

       So, a powerful metal spring, probably with sharp edges, under tension, and attached to your throat, right next to your airway and all those major blood vessels ? Sure, after all, what could possibly go wrong ...?
8th of 7, Jun 04 2019
  

       The springs only exert a pound or two of force. Of course they're off-the-shelf components, so theoretically somebody could substitute a heavier set : see the "warranty disclaimers" section in the manual.
FlyingToaster, Jun 05 2019
  
      
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