Is the origin of the necktie to be found in the Old Norse word “šnæktie,” literally meaning “snake tie”? Technically speaking, it is not possible to disprove this assertion with 100% confidence!
The necktie is, in modern society, a useless relic of a bygone era. But it could still be redeemed!
While the necktie serves no purpose currently, it occupies valuable clothing real-estate that might be put to better use.
Specifically, a snake could be trained to coil itself around the user in such a fashion as to approximate the shape of a necktie.
Then, this snake could be trained to leap away from the user and chomp on anyone who was assaulting the user; essentially serving as a “concealed carry” guard animal.
This could reduce the number of robberies and other assaults, since criminals would be unable to distinguish between easy marks with garish ties and “concealed snake-tie protected” individuals.
Fig 1: This attractively patterned spitting cobra would make a fine snake tie.
While snakes are relatively neglected in the world of animal training, this could be the opportunity for the snake to rehabilitate its poor reputation.
PROS: Could reduce crime and decrease the user’s prejudice against venomous reptiles.
CONS: Snakes may have difficulty distinguishing between random passersby and legitimately threatening individuals.