During December of 1998 I was driving through Denver, CO and heard news that the Denver Public School District was considering instituting a faculty dress code. They claimed studies indicate teachers who dress good obtain better results (e.g. they receive more respect from their students and so on). Consequently, since it may improve student performance, all teachers should look good when they are at school. Well, excuse me, but that sounds like a bunch of bull stuff to me. If wearing a tie would make me smarter and a better teacher, then I'd wear one 24 x 7 (i.e. 24 hours a day, seven days a week). If a student judges a human by their appearance, then they do have a lot to learn.
The Chairman, CEO, and President (and co-founder) of Sun Microsystems is a guy named Scott McNealy. A while back (I don't remember when), McNealy was quoted saying something like the following:
Ties are nothing more than dysfunctional fabric.Guess what? I agree. In addition to being dysfunction fabric, ties cut off circulation to your brain and are similar to a hangman's noose. Ties might be tolerable if they could be used in lieu napkins, but they can't. Get a spot on a tie and there is a good chance the tie is history. Ironically, this becomes more true with with expensive ties. Rule of thumb: the more you pay for a tie, the less likely it will recover from a spill. On occasion I used my tie to wipe off my eye glasses.
Here is a tie-related cartoon from UserFriendly.org
Don't go repeating this, but I admit ties can be pretty.
Quote from Paul Dickson: "A clean tie attracts the soup of the day."