Originally Posted by REWahoo
Back in the day our company president sent out a confidential note to all the male employees at corp HQ that the following Friday would be a clandestine "ugly tie day" with a $100 prize awarded to the worst in show. None of the female employees were clued in on the contest. Of course it only took a couple of minutes on Friday for them to figure it out, but you should have seen some of the looks on their faces...
My father won one of those contests in the late 1970s with a cute little burlap number that included both a lined pen/pencil pocket and
a calculator pouch with a snap closure. What put him over the top was that my mother actually had a pattern for a tie of that size, a sewing-machine needle that could handle burlap, and the crimping tool to install a snap closure.
Yes, he's an EE and it was the Westinghouse nuclear division.