Rabu, 16 November 2011

Toast will always land butter side down

Murphy’s Law . . . you know the one that goes ‘If anythingcan go wrong, it will’ . . . so named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, a US AirForce Engineer.    While working on oneof Murphy’s assigned projects, a technician flubbed the wiring.  The good captain cursed the man and said,"If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it."   Shortly afterwards, aerospace manufacturers beganusing it during their ad campaigns and Murphy's Law was born.

Murphy’s Law . . . such that is . . . is an adage that hasbeen around for hundreds of year.  Longbefore Murphy’s grandfather’s grandfather was a sperm waiting to meet anegg.  Good thing the law didn’t apply tohim or Murphy may never have been around to make the phrase famous.

Anyhoo  . . . before itwas Murphy’s Law, it was more commonly known as Sod’s Law; especially acrossthe pond.  When someone is unlucky theyare often referred to as an unlucky sod . . . hence Sod’s Law.

Of course, things have been going wrong since the beginningof time.  I’m sure there was a precursor toSod’s Law.

In modern times, there are Finagle’s Law, Hanlon’s Razor, andHofstadter's law; which all pretty much add up to the same thing . . . similar ideas,different viewpoints.  But I think myfavorite may be Sturgeon’s Law.  Socalled after Sci-fi writer Theodore Sturgeon who stated "ninety percent ofeverything is crap" . . . yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

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