Americans don't dress as formally for work as we used to, and that means that fewer men are wearing ties to the office. But if a Southern California mayor has his way, wearing ties to work will be banned. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said he came up with the idea after reading a science blog that claimed neckties restrict 7.5 percent of blood flow to the brain. He told the Los Angeles Times, "I spend a lot of hours every week on an elliptical or a bike just to increase blood flow to my brain, and it turns out every morning when I put on a tie I’m diminishing it," adding, "I don’t think it’s appropriate in America today to make anyone do something that is now known to be detrimental to your health. Especially if it’s based on gender." However, such a ban would face legal problems, and Parris would first have to prove that ties are damaging to health -- which would require more than just a science blog's say-so.
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