# How Many Ways are There to Tie a Tie? About a 177,000 More than You’d Think…

I know how to tie a tie in three different ways…though I really only use the one (Half Windsor). I figured there were, oh, seven or eight other ways to do it, and perhaps I’d learn them at some point Turns out, I was way off on that number. By about, oh, a hundred and seventy seven thousand one hundred and thirty five. Ish.

See, in 1999, two scholars from the University of Cambridge figured out there were about eighty-five ways to make a tie knot. Then, some researchers in Stockholm built on their findings, and, inspired by *The Matrix Reloaded*, determined the actual number to be something like 177,147.

Really? Really. See how in the video from Slate below:

**The 177,147 Ways to Tie a Tie. And what that has to do with The Matrix Reloaded **[Slate.com]

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