May 6, 2011
Hello, and welcome to the first instalment of Freaky Friday, a new column that’s going to take a look in the gloomier corners of the Android Market and dig out some apps and games that might have passed you by. To be honest, they’ve probably passed you by because they’re obscure, useless, weird or a bit scary, but that’s not going to stop us trying them out for your benefit.
We start off with an app that’s likely to appeal to the nautical amongst you, or those who want to make sure that their victims aren’t going to escape from the basement any time soon; Easy Knots Guide. If you’re sick of your friends mocking you because you don’t know the difference between a Farrimond Friction hitch and a Halter hitch, then this is the app for you.
All of the classic knots are included, with pictures, in depth descriptions and a detailed etymology explaining the roots of the name of each knot â€“ if you love knots, then there’s a lot here to get your teeth into. That said, if you love knots, you probably already know all of this, because you love knots.
The app is ad supported, but unfortunately, none of the ads are for knot related products, which has to go down as a black mark against Easy Knot Guides’ name. Imagine if, whilst reading about the perfect way to tie a Bimini Twist, you were presented with a link to a shop that sells ropes and other knotting paraphernalia â€“ synergy in action, I think you’ll agree.
Of course, Easy Knot Guides has real world applications, especially â€“ in fact, primarily â€“ for those of us who never learnt how to tie knots. It earns its place as the inaugural Freak Friday app because, in a world where we spend most of our time firing birds at pigs or using the GPS locator in our phone to tell the universe where we are, a world where we can, in a matter of seconds type into a search engine and find out anything we want about all of the knots that have ever existed, someone decided that what we really needed was an app that collated part of that information.
Easy Knot Guides fits snugly onto our wall of weird because it’s so niche â€“ it’s an app that you might use once, then forget about forever. No one ever won their true love’s heart by tying them a perfect Alpine Butterfly, but if you’re out on the go and you’ve foolishly left all of your knot tying books at home, a quick glance at your phone means you’ll be able to lash something to something else, no problem.