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Murphy’s Law

August 21, 2014

and other reasons why things go wrong! by Arthur Bloch ©1977 by Arthur Bloch

Murphy’s Law was published in 1977, but appears to be a takeoff of an event that occurred in 1949 when “Murphy’s Law” was first discovered.  It seems a frustrated development engineer at Edwards Air Force Base named Captain Ed Murphy remarked about a technician on his staff that “If there is any way to do it wrong, he will.”  It has since become folk lore.

Murphy’s Law is very simple: If anything can go wrong, it will.

Other laws are:

  • Nothing is as easy as it looks. 
  • Everything takes longer than you think. 
  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.  
  • If you perceive that there are four possibly ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way will promptly develop. 
  • Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

The book has hundreds more, all just as true as those above.  Read it and have some fun.  If you know that sometimes you just can’t win, then maybe you won’t be so uptight!

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  1. 6hawthorne permalink
    August 21, 2014 12:07 pm


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