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Murphy's Law & Amendments

I have traced 'Murphy's law back to a Captain Edward A. Murphy, an American engineer at Muroc, California (later named Edwards Air Force Base). In 1949 he was working on a project to test the effects of sudden braking. Time after time his machinery failed, exasperated he said of his technician, "If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it." John Paul Stapp picked up on Murphy's phrase and used at a press conference.
  1. 1st Amendment
    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.

  2. 2nd Amendment
    If you realize that there are three possible ways in which something can go wrong, and cover them all, then a fourth, unprepared for way, will miraculously appear out of thin air.

  3. 3rd Amendment
    When something breaks, the parts damaged are in direct proportion to their value.

  4. 4th Amendment
    The failure does not appear until the machinery has passed its final inspection.

  5. 5th Amendment
    When you drop a part, it always rolls into the darkest corner.

  6. Last Amendment
    Any attempt to print out this copy of Murphy's law will crash the computer.
* Examples of Murphy's Law
  1. If something can go wrong, it will go wrong.

  2. Murphy's Law - Always strikes on Friday

  3. As with any good idea, Murphy's Law can be adapted and extended.

  4. Your lost needle will be found by your husband when he is walking around barefoot.

  5. The worst pupil in any class will be a school governors' son.

  6. Uniforms only come in two sizes, too large and too small.

  7. Vital documents that were posted with no errors, will develop errors in the mail.
Murphy's Law of DIY (Do-It-Yourself )
  1. Any project will require at least two journeys to the hardware shop.

  2. If you need more than one item (pair, four, etc) the probability that one will be damaged or the wrong colour is directly proportional to the desire or need of the object.

  3. You always need more paint.

  4. You never have enough nails, screws or glue.

  5. The likelihood that you will complete a weekend project before the end of the weekend decreases with when you actually start the project.

  6. Therefore: Any plumbing project stared after 4pm on Sunday will require an emergency call to the plumber to get the water running again.

  7. To estimate the amount of time needed to complete a project: estimate the amount of time needed, multiply by two and use the next highest unit. Hence: A one hour task will take at least two days to complete.
[ Author Unknown -- from 'Will and Guy' ( ]

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