Murphy's Law

                            MURPHY'S LAWS
 
              Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
 
   It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so
                              ingenious.
 
  If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked
                              something.
 
       Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
 
  Murphy's Law of Research: Enough research will tend to support your
                               theory.
 
    Murphy's Law of Copiers: The legibility of a copy is inversely
                   proportional to its importance.
 
  Murphy's Law of the Open Road: When there is a very long road upon
 which there is a one-way bridge placed at random, and there are only
  two cars on that road, it follows that: (1) the two cars are going
 in opposite directions, and (2) they will always meet at the bridge.
 
   Murphy's Law of Thermodynamics: Things get worse under pressure.
 
      The Murphy Philosophy: Smile . . . tomorrow will be worse.
 
 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
 
  Rule of Accuracy: When working toward the solution of a problem, it
                 always helps if you know the answer.
 
  Corollary: Provided, of course, that you know there is a problem.
 
   Acheson's Rule of the Bureaucracy: A memorandum is written not to
             inform the reader but to protect the writer.
 
     Acton's Law: Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts
                             absolutely.
 
   Ade's Law: Anybody can win -- unless there happens to be a second
                                entry.
 
  Airplane Law: When the plane you are on is late, the plane you want
                      to transfer to is on time.
 
 Alan's Law of Research: The theory is supported as long as the funds
                                 are.
 
    Albrecht's Law: Social innovations tend to the level of minimum
                        tolerable well being.
 
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MURPHY'S LAWS SENT BY MANY USERS
 
 1. Nothing is as easy as it looks.
 2. Everything takes longer than you think.
 3. Anything that can go wrong will.
 4. 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 first.
    Corollary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it
    will happen then.
 5. If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
 6. 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.
 7. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
 8. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked 
    something.
 9. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
10. Every solution breeds new problems.
11. It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so
    ingenious.
12. Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done
    first.
 
Murphy's Law of Research
Enough research will tend to support your theory.
 
Murphy's Law of Copiers
The legibility of a copy is inversely proportional to its importance.
 
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

Law of the Perversity of Nature (Mrs. Murphy's Corollary):
You cannot successfully determine beforehand which side of the bread to
butter.

Corollary (Jenning):
The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly
proportional to the cost of the carpet.

COMMENTARIES
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Hill's Commentaries on Murphy's Laws
1. If we lose much by having things go wrong, take all possible care.
2. If we have nothing to lose by change, relax.
3. If we have everything to gain by change, relax.
4. If it doesn't matter, it does not matter.

O'Toole's Commentary
Murphy was an optimist.

NBC's Addendum to Murphy's Law
You never run out of things that can go wrong.

Thanks to HelenMarie Piezak for this contribution

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