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¡dn ʇǝƃ ʇ,uɐɔ ı puɐ uǝllɐɟ ǝʌ,ı
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...tripped on your shoelace?

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Your shoelace is untied. Your parents have ingrained it into you.
Tie it up, or "you're going to trip on your shoelace!"
I don't recall ever tripping on an untied shoelace
Ah, ah, ah! Sage advice-- I've tripped on an untied shoelace before
Never going to happen. I wear loafers (Or sandals. Or shoes fastened with velcro)
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Feel free to add any other examples of "Advice that sounds reasonable initially, but has a very slim chance of ever harming you".
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For the shoelace thing, I went to school with one guy who never tied his laces. Ever.
We used to follow him and step on a dragging lace; standing on it and deliberately tripping him. He still never tied them, and eventually we got bored with it. Too easy.
But he never tripped on his own laces, as far as I know.

We did get him good, once, though: Sitting in class, a friend of mine climbed stealthily under his seat, and tied his loose laces to the leg of his chair.
When the kid got up to leave at the end of class, he pulled the chair and desk over in an enormous racket, and barely missed knocking his teeth out on another desk when he went down.
We were laughing our asses off, but soon realized that he'd barely escaped a serious injury, so that was the last of it.
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MABBY wrote:
...tripped on your shoelace?

Probably, if I stepped on the lace of the opposite foot. But I could trip over the change in the pattern of the carpet at work.
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If you have one untied shoelace it's pretty easy to make sure you never trip. Always start walking with the tied shoe, during a normal stride the untied shoelace will never get under the opposite foot.
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Just walk with a wider gait (wobble back and forth) to avoid untied shoelaces. Also prepares one for becoming obese.
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I vote for

I may have done, but then I trip up all the time.
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True story. (And I mean REALLY true this time, not the normal 10%-truth-is-all-that's-required of a normal war story...)

When I was in training at Squadron Officer School (a month and a half course the Air Force sends captains to, in theory to help prepare them to become field-grade officers as majors) one of the activities was a confidence course of sorts. You'd be presented with a problem, and have to use your 6 person team to overcome the problem/obstacle/difficulty and complete the exercise.

My group was running through one of the scenarios, which involved a pool with some logs and boards, and quietly getting from one side to the other carrying a box. No part of a teammember's body was allowed to touch the water, nor could the box, and the logs/boards were not very stable. (There were more details, but they're not relevant to the story at hand - and frankly, that was a long time ago. I probably wouldn't get them right anyway...)

My team had made a couple of early mistakes - mistakes which cost you time penalties - and we were now in danger of not being able to complete the challenge within the allotted time limit. However, we had rallied, and finally come up with and implemented a workable plan, using a series of folks to be able to both stabilize the boards while others handed the box off and worked it across the barrier. The box made it to the other side, and all we had to do was get out last couple of folks across to safety, and we'd barely make it.

...except... the last one of our team, a third-rate SOB with all the grace and balance of a newborn baby deer, has his shoelace untied. In a dramatic moment of epic failure, he manages to trip on his shoelace while trying to navigate the final log, and ends up losing his balance just enough to end up with his foot in the water. All he needed was one more step to safety - hell, even trip and FALL to safety, as long as he cleared the water... but it was not to be.

...30 second time penalty, with only 25 seconds or so left. Mission fail.

...and yeah. I was that son of a bitch...
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Define trip. Untied laces have caused me to stumble but no i have never full in tripped and fell flat on my face.

PS. I wish wearing velcro shoes was socially acceptable as an adult. Laces are so stupid.
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Yes.

Many times.

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MABBY wrote:
Feel free to add any other examples of "Advice that sounds reasonable initially, but has a very slim chance of ever harming you".


I haven't yet been put in an ambulance where they checked for dirty underwear.

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Further question: have you ever heard of anyone who hurt themselves running with scissors? Not saying it's a good idea, but has serious injury actually ever happened?
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I've stepped on an untied shoelace and tripped someone before, but not my
own.

Although I can recall a time when I had an untied shoelace get caught in an escalator.
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Never tripped on untied laces, but I have had them gobbled up by an escalator! I do not recommend it.
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On a semi-related note, for those who hate tying laces but hate velcro more, I stumbled across this...

https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ianknot.htm

http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/tying_ian_shoelace_knot.asp

Ian's knot is awesome. Wish I'd learned it as a kid instead of 40 years later.

Why laces instead of velcro? Because when velcro wears out, you pretty much toss out your shoes. When laces wear out, you go to the local dollar store and buy replacements.
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I've tripped on my own tied laces, because the damned things were too long and I could not find any shorter ones.
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PlowStr8 wrote:
On a semi-related note, for those who hate tying laces but hate velcro more, I stumbled across this...

https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ianknot.htm

http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/tying_ian_shoelace_knot.asp

Ian's knot is awesome. Wish I'd learned it as a kid instead of 40 years later.


Um...

Maybe this is just one of those regional things, but I've never come across someone who doesn't use that knot for their shoes (or the double-knot that is a stop further on). That's just how we tie them, and, as a child, it never occurred to me to do it any other way; well, no, there was always the un-un-doable knot
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JasonJ0 wrote:
PlowStr8 wrote:
On a semi-related note, for those who hate tying laces but hate velcro more, I stumbled across this...

https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ianknot.htm

http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/tying_ian_shoelace_knot.asp

Ian's knot is awesome. Wish I'd learned it as a kid instead of 40 years later.


Um...

Maybe this is just one of those regional things, but I've never come across someone who doesn't use that knot for their shoes (or the double-knot that is a stop further on). That's just how we tie them, and, as a child, it never occurred to me to do it any other way; well, no, there was always the un-un-doable knot


Well, not that the internet is the end-all of irrefutable facts or anything, but on the website I cited, there are a multitude of knots besides Ians, and one of them is called the Standard knot, which seems to imply that it's in more common use than Ians? Like you said, could be regional. Consider yourself lucky.
 
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Loafers, yo.
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In this poll does tripped = stumble or fall? #AskingForAFriend
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PlowStr8 wrote:
On a semi-related note, for those who hate tying laces but hate velcro more, I stumbled across this...

https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ianknot.htm


fieggen.com wrote:
Ian's Shoelace Site – Bringing you the fun, fashion & science of shoelaces


That confirms it for me. Fun? Science? Shoelaces?
Some people have far too much time on their hands.

 
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This reminds of the this Chit-Chatter who claimed to be working in a funeral home. Seems his job was prepping the corpses for the wake. He always made sure to tie the laces of the deceased together so that in case of a zombie apocalypse he would have the last laugh. Even took it as a bit of a 'just in case patriotic duty'.
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JasonJ0 wrote:
PlowStr8 wrote:
On a semi-related note, for those who hate tying laces but hate velcro more, I stumbled across this...

https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ianknot.htm

http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/tying_ian_shoelace_knot.asp

Ian's knot is awesome. Wish I'd learned it as a kid instead of 40 years later.


Um...

Maybe this is just one of those regional things, but I've never come across someone who doesn't use that knot for their shoes (or the double-knot that is a stop further on). That's just how we tie them, and, as a child, it never occurred to me to do it any other way; well, no, there was always the un-un-doable knot
But, Ian's the inventor of the Ian knot. There's no way you could have been doing it that long - or me either ever since middle school. Come to think of it, the military couldn't have been teaching soldiers to do it that way in WWII. That Ian is a genius!
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PlowStr8 wrote:
On a semi-related note, for those who hate tying laces but hate velcro more, I stumbled across this...

https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/ianknot.htm

http://www.shoelacesexpress.com/tying_ian_shoelace_knot.asp

Ian's knot is awesome. Wish I'd learned it as a kid instead of 40 years later.

Why laces instead of velcro? Because when velcro wears out, you pretty much toss out your shoes. When laces wear out, you go to the local dollar store and buy replacements.


I just tried to tie that knot...and realized I'm wearing loafers. Another day, I guess.
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