The Origin of Murphy's Law
"If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then
someone will do it."
So who was Murphy anyway?
Born in 1917, Edward A. Murphy, Jr. was one of the engineers on the rocket-sled experiments that were
done by the United States Air Force in 1949 to test human acceleration tolerances (USAF project MX981).
One experiment involved a set of 16 accelerometers mounted to different parts of the subject's body.
There were two ways each sensor could be glued to its mount. Of course, somebody managed to install all 16 the wrong
Murphy then made the original form of his pronouncement, which the test subject (Major John Paul Stapp)
quoted at a news conference a few days later.
Within months, "Murphy's Law" had spread to various technical cultures connected to aerospace engineering,
and finally reached the Webster's dictionary in 1958.
Tragically (and perhaps typically), the popular cliche we call "Murphy's Law" was never uttered by Edward
Murphy's Law applies to Murphy's Law, too
The traditional version of Murphy's Law ("anything that can go wrong, will") is actually "Finagle's
Law of Dynamic Negatives."
You will always find something in the last place you look.
No matter how long or how hard you shop for an item, after you've bought it, it will be on sale somewhere cheaper.
The other line always moves faster.
In order to get a loan, you must first prove you don't need it.
Anything you try to fix will take longer and cost you more than you thought.
If you fool around with a thing for very long you will screw it up.
If it jams - force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway.
When a broken appliance is demonstrated for the repairman, it will work perfectly.
Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will use it.
Everyone has a scheme for getting rich that will not work.
In any hierarchy, each individual rises to his own level of incompetence, and then remains there.
There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over.
When in doubt, mumble. When in trouble, delegate.
Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral or fattening.
Murphy's golden rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules.
Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
A Smith & Wesson beats four aces.
In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
Never argue with a fool, people might not know the difference.