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Marvin Minsky Original Rope Tie (1991)

"I was at the World Economic Conference in Switzerland and there was a formal dinner with the Japanese ambassador in an hour and I didn't have any tie, but I had this nylon string rope from Eastern Mountain Sports, so I quickly crocheted this thing and it worked. So always pack some string because you never know what you'll need next.

"There's no knot. This little thing is held down with nail polish, but if you pull it out, the whole thing turns back into string because there are no knots, which is handy. So you could make a different tie. Or a belt. Or a bracelet. Or a bulletproof vest."

Marvin's belt is Kevlar.