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[[caption-width-right:343:''Oh, so'' that's ''what that's called!'']]

->''"The plastic tips at the end of shoelaces are called 'aglets'. Their true purpose is'' sinister."
-->-- '''ComicBook/TheQuestion''', ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', "Question Authority"

When a writer needs a particularly [[LittleKnownFacts obscure fact]], it seems the go-to subject is the aglet, the plastic or metal tip on a shoelace that prevents fraying.

It's close friends with {{Antidisestablishmentarianism}}.


[[folder: Advertising]]
* One bank commercial on the radio used a hypothetical mom-and-pop aglet factory -- and in turn heavy use of this trope -- to explain how said bank wasn't too big for ANY small business!... Yeah, the housing market crash was making everyone pretty desperate (not that it was a bad ad in the end).

[[folder: Comicbooks ]]
* ''Franchise/ArchieComics'':
** One comic had Jughead carry a bag of aglets and telling Archie about them. Veronica overhears and thinks he said 'eaglet' i.e. baby eagles. Cue her stealing the bag in the name of animal rights, only to discover what they really contain.
** Another comic contained a scene where a former prison inmate revealed he had to spend his imprisonment making "those plastic brittle things on the ends of shoelaces" instead of license plates. His sentence was actually extended because he "couldn't come up with a name for them."
* In one issue of ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', Toad dreams that he dreams that Mario dreams that he dreams that he dreams (and that's revealed after four more [[DreamWithinADream layers]], folks!) that the Princess was being forced to listen to two Fryguys debate about the name for these things. (He tries a few guesses himself, none correct.)
* A segment in an ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' Annual showing [[Series/SixtyMinutes Andy Rooney]]'s fictitious commentary on the Terminus saga and other recent major Marvel Universe events showed him playing the footage of a segment he was going to do about aglets when the power went out all over the world.

[[folder: Film ]]
* In the 1990 Leslie Nielsen comedy ''Film/{{Repossessed}},'' one character (played by Linda Blair) is named Nancy Aglet.
-->'''Frieda:''' What does the name 'Aglet' mean anyway?
-->'''Braydon:''' Well a long time ago 'Aglet' meant 'He who puts those tiny little plastic things on shoelaces'
* According to the 1988 Tom Cruise film ''Film/{{Cocktail}},'' Aglets are actually known as "fluglebinders."

[[folder: Literature ]]
* The eponymous cat from ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' knows that [[spoiler:the rat catchers in town aren't catching rats because the "rat tails" they show to people have aglets on them, revealing them to be shoelaces]].
* In Don [=DeLillo=]'s novel "Underworld", Father Paulus teaches young Shay to name all the parts of a shoe.
-->"Yes. And the metal sheath at each end of the lace." He flicked the thing with his middle finger.
-->"This I don't know in a million years."
-->"The aglet."
-->"Not in a million years."
-->"The tag or aglet."
-->"The aglet," I said.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "Stand-Up & Win" (a game show hosted by Creator/JerrySeinfeld where all the contestants are stand-up comedians competing in who can give the [[DeadpanSnarker snarkiest answers]] to quiz questions), the grand prize of the night is revealed to be aglets:
--> '''Announcer:''' Get a year's supply of those ''things'' that are at the end of your shoelaces! What ''are'' those things? They don't have a ''name''!
* In one episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Maddie helps London fight her shopping addiction by holding on to all her credit cards. At one point, London asks for the cards back, saying that she's just going to buy something small, like a pair of shoes, or only one shoe, or one of "Those things at the end of the shoe lace that nobody knows what it's called." To which Maddie instantly replies, "An aglet?"
* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', at the end of the episode "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E9Repairs Repairs]]" most of Coulson's team is shown playing [[{{TabletopGame/SCRABBLE}} UpWords]]. Simmons makes the word "aglet", which leads to an argument about whether it's a real word, settled when Skye looks it up online.
-->'''Ward''': That isn't a word in our language. I've never heard of it.\\
'''Skye''': I'm checking.\\
'''Simmons''': Our language ? You mean the English language, first spoken in England?\\
'''Skye''': "Aglet ... a plastic or metal tube covering the end of a shoelace."\\
'''Coulson''': Oh, come on.\\
'''Ward''': She used her Britishness against us.\\
'''Simmons''': It's a word.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Sam and Max use them as one of Sammunmak's myriad "most despised/cherished items" in "They Stole Max's Brain!" episode of ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxTheDevilsPlayhouse''.
* An Aglet is one of the available equippable accessories in ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', providing a small speed boost when equipped. It's also an ingredient in crafting one of the best speed-boosting accessories in the game.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* According to ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'', Aglets are a key ingredient in the cocktail drug "fool's meth."

[[folder: Web Original ]]
* One sushi-etiquette site points out that the small piece of plastic that looks like fake grass that comes with sushi is called "haran," or "baran." Then it adds: "Of course, knowing the name for it is like knowing that the plastic tips on the end of your shoelaces are called aglets."

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* The subject of the "[[Recap/PhineasAndFerbTipOfTheDay Tip Of The Day]]" episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. Of course, since the titular boys do everything UpToEleven, they even went so far as to hold an awareness concert (with an EarWorm song) just for people to remember its real name.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KTzQ0lkDeI A-G-L-E-T (aglet!) Don't forget it!]]
** And in true ironic ContrivedCoincidence form that the show loves so much, the entire world gets hit by a [[LaserGuidedAmnesia erase-what-is-on-my-mind-inator]] which makes them all forget what it is. Except Candace, when she tries to bust Phineas and Ferb for doing an Aglet Awareness concert even though no one cares.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'': During an ElectricTorture sequence, The Question resisted interrogation by only revealing random useless facts, such as the name for those little plastic caps at the end of a shoelace. He then added on "Their true purpose is sinister." [[ConspiracyTheorist He might have been serious]], and [[ProperlyParanoid might be right]].
* In the "The Pinky And The Brain Reunion Special" episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'', The Brain attempts to use a television broadcast as a means of mass MindControl; he chooses a particularly slow television night on which to enact this scheme, secure in the knowledge that people will watch his program (since the only other things on TV are a ''Series/HomeboysInOuterSpace'' rerun, an arena football game, and a boring documentary about shoelaces). After much suffering, he manages in the nick of time to broadcast his mind-control signal... only to have Pinky remark that he just learned what "aglets" are, meaning that Pinky (and by implication, the rest of the viewing public) was watching the documentary about shoelaces.
* In the "Shake, Rattle and Roll Over" episode of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'', the eponymous character and his friends and family are being held against the wall by magic. "Dave, do something!" "I am... I'm trying to remember what the thing on the end of a shoelace is called, an argle?" When they are let go, but still against the wall, he suddenly remembers something. "That the the on the end of a shoelace is called an aglet?" "No, that [[GravityIsAHarshMistress gravity makes things fall]]."
* Shows up as a question in a quiz show that ''WesternAnimation/MayaAndMiguel'' are watching.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'', Beautiful Gorgeous' life long dream is to make these.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E3BartVsLisaVsTheThirdGrade Bart vs. Lisa vs. The Third Grade]]", after Bart and Lisa get lost in the outskirts of Capital City, Marge manages to find a clue: an aglet from one of Bart's shoelaces. Homer visibly dismisses this, to which Marge replies "A mother knows!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', this comes up in Puss' increasingly bad answers to the Sphinx's riddles.
-->'''Sphinx''': "I am always hungry and must be fed, the finger I touch will soon turn red", what am I?
-->'''Puss''': That... that little thing on the end of a shoelace! (gestures to his boots) The thing!!
-->'''Sphinx''': An aglet?
-->'''Puss''': Yes.
-->'''Sphinx''': No, it's fire.