Murphy’s lesser known laws of life


The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment. For example, in 1841 a newspaper in Ohio printed this verse:

I never had a slice of bread,
Particularly large and wide,
That did not fall upon the floor,
And always on the buttered side.

Isn’t that always the case!

Major Edward A. Murphy, Jr. (1918 – 1990) was an American aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems and is best-known for Murphy’s Law which states that “If there’s more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in disaster, then somebody will do it that way”.

Here are a few more illustrations I’ve collected

1.  Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

2. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.  (I move fast, talk fast, but apparently my brain can’t catch up with me. I am always the last one to get a joke.

3. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

4. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

5. If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog.

6.  If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

7. The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.

8. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day, drinking beer.

9. Flashlight: A metal tube used to store dead batteries.

10. The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.  I can vouch for that one, and have the bruises to prove it.

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