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Etsy Wednesday – Science ties that bind

by Eva Amsen

Ties: who wears them? I don’t, but I’m female and don’t have to. None of my male acquaintances wear ties either, unless they’re at a wedding or playing a concert or dressed up funny. These are the only three tie-wearing events I can think of, and that probably says a lot about me and the company I keep…
But if I were a guy, I’d be very tempted to buy one of these science ties – and then still never wear it, but at least look at it!
Science Ties
These ties are screen printed with images from an antique labware catalogue. Somehow I don’t think it would work as well with images from current labware catalogues: a 96-well plate just isn’t quite the same as a distillation column.



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Lou Woodley April 8, 2010 - 10:06 AM

These are really cute! I went to a microbiology conference once where they sold ties where the designs were all images of different bacterial strains. Call me old school, but my favourite was the “E.coli one”:http://www.5clickstore.com/iawareables/product.cfm?ProductID=356
(and if you’re looking for birthday/Xmas presents in the same vein, Cambridge craft market sells similar ties to the Etsy ones but with typical “British” images like phone boxes and bicycles!)

Matt Brown April 8, 2010 - 1:28 PM

I want a bow tie shaped like a px orbital.

Eva Amsen April 8, 2010 - 1:44 PM

Wouldn’t that be a three-dimensional tie? (I mean, with a deeper third dimension than ties usually have.) That sounds uncomfortable.

Richard Wintle April 8, 2010 - 4:08 PM

The problem with the p-orbital bow tie is that the far edges of the probability distribution would probably tickle people at some distance away from you as you pass by.
Or something.
I wear ties occasionally, but only when formality is necessary, or to intimidate students.

Jennifer Rohn April 8, 2010 - 4:34 PM

I think ties are sexy.
Not the ones Eva showed, though.

Stephen Curry April 9, 2010 - 12:47 AM

I’d be tempted by an RNA tie of the eponymous club, but it seems to have been a rather exclusive outfit.

Richard Wintle April 9, 2010 - 2:16 PM

I think ties are sexy.
Not the ones Eva showed, though.

Does this have anything to do with bouncing on Ikea chairs?
Oh, sorry, there I go, violating the policy again.

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