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Friday, October 07, 2005

Why Things Go Wrong

The guiding force of the universe has a great sense humor. It loves to have some fun at our expense. You wait in a long queue and when your turn comes the counter is closed for lunch. It usually rains on the days you forget to carry the umbrella. There seems to be some uncodified principles governing the frustrated lives of us mortals. Man in his endeavour to know the why and how of everything has attempted to decipher those operating principles.

Excerpts from Arthur Bloch's Murphy's Law - and Other Reasons Why Things Go Wrong:

The Unspeakable Law

As soon as you mention something,
If it's good, it goes away.
If it's bad, it happens.

Nonreciprocal Law of Expectations

Negative Expectations yield negative results.
Positive expectations yield negative results.

Howe's Law

Every man has a scheme that will not work

Zymurgy's First Law of Evolving Systems Dynamics

Once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can.

Etoree's Observation

The other line moves faster.

Law of Selective Gravity

An object will fall so as to do the most damage.

Segal's Law

A man with one watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.

and of course...

Murphy's Law

If anything can go wrong, it will.


Abaniko said...

The Ultimate Pessimist's Law: Life is nothing but a series of problems.

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Anonymous said...

one can take a look at these sites for a larger list.

and you can also post some of your own.

aklanta said...

What about Coelho's "principle of favourability" than?

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