Archive for September 1, 2007

Here’s A Visit To Murphy’s Laws And How Everything Goes Wrong

September 1, 2007

More than a decade ago, I was writing and contributing to my school’s newsletter. Over a series of issues, I published some of my collection of Murphy’s Laws and its other variations.

I’ve always enjoyed reading about such “laws”. Contemplating on them afterwards is mandatory. Despite its occasional quirky and cynical nature, it always bring a smile or a smirk to my face.

Now it’s time dig out those yellowed pieces of paper and transfer some of them online. I have selected a handful out of the thousands of laws I have on hand. It’s my hope that they entertain you as much as they have amused me. More so, they might also lead to you consider the state of living our lives.

Remember, if anything will go wrong, it will. 🙂


Murphy’s Law

* If anything can go wrong, it will.

* If anything just cannot go wrong, it will anyway.

* If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the first one to go wrong.

* Corollary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.* If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

* Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

* Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

* Nothing is as easy as it looks.

* Everything takes longer than you think.

* If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.

* It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

* Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.

* Every solution breeds new problems.

Addition to Murphy’s Laws
* In nature, nothing is ever right. Therefore, if everything is going right … something is wrong.

Cheop’s Law
* Nothing ever gets build on schedule or within budget.

Rule of Accuracy
* When working toward the solution of a problem, it always helps if you know the answer.

Pudder’s Laws
* Anything that begins well ends badly.

* Anything that begins badly ends worse.

Gumperson’s Law
* The probability of anything happening is in inverse ratio to its desirability.

Finagle’s Fourth Law
* Once a job is fooled up, anything done to improve it will only make it worse.

Murphy’s Law of Thermodynamics
* Things get worse under pressure.

Quantization Revision of Murphy’s Laws
* Everything goes wrong all at once.

Murphy’s Constant
* Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value

The Murphy Philosophy
* Smile . . . tomorrow will be worse. 8)