20 most worthless pieces of junk: #15 -- The tie rack


If men from Portland, Maine to San Diego consider ties either a necessary evil of corporate life or the couldn't-care-less Father's Day gift ... if this is so, then why, oh why oh why oh why do we gather around tie racks like moth-brains drawn to the pretty light?

I have this theory that my several forays into Tie Rack Timbuktu have to do with the male fascination with gadgets and things that can be tinkered with. I picked up a tie rack at a garage sale a few months back for $2.50. Nifty, I thought: It has dozens of metal prongs extending to either side of a hanger loop, and upon snagging it, I thought, "How cool. I can get all my ties nice and organized."