ason Merritt/Getty Images

From time to time my radio show partner Lance Tormey has been known to wear a bowtie.  Is that a sign of individualism or an early sign of fuddy-duddyism.  A study by HCD Research has shown if you want to send the world a subtle message that you're old, fidgety and dull, then wear a bowtie.  Researchers say that men who wear bowties, compared with men who wear neckties or no tie at all, are perceived to be older, Republican and even a little weird. People also stereotyped them as either working as a store clerk or being smart and brainy. Hey Lance, let’s go with smart and brainy!