Granny Knot Experiment
In April 2013, the German TV program
Frag doch mal die Maus (translation:
Just ask the mouse) devoted a large portion of one show to answering a question from eight-year-old viewer
Sanam from Düsseldorf, who asked why her shoelaces always came undone. The show included a fascinating shoelace
They began by demonstrating the correct
Standard Shoelace Knot technique on one shoe (the blue shoelaces on the big shoe on the left) and the incorrect
Granny Knot technique on the other (the red shoelaces on the big shoe on the right). With the Granny Knot, they
clearly showed that the bow lies
along the shoe (from heel to toe).
The action then shifted to a nearby gymnasium for a live experiment. Ten people had their left shoes laced with red
shoelaces and tied with Granny Knots and their right shoes laced with blue shoelaces and tied with Standard Shoelace
Knots. All of the participants then stepped onto treadmills and started running.
After one hour, the ten participants came into the studio to show the results. SEVEN of the ten Granny Knots had come undone whereas NONE of the correctly tied Standard Shoelace Knots had come undone. In other words, 70% of the Granny Knots failed while 100% of the Standard Shoelace Knots passed!
The experiment was an excellent demonstration of the unreliability of the Granny Knot versus the reliability of the Standard Shoelace Knot, with the treadmills guaranteeing an outcome within a short time frame.