Everyone has heard of Murphy's first law: "If anything can go wrong, invariably it will." But hardly anybody knows who Murphy was.
The search for Murphy's notebooks over the years has led to a garage in Toledo, Ohio; an inventor's junk loft in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania; and the home of a retired female blackmailer in Sarasota, Florida. It was learned that Murphy had no first name, that he never could hold a job, and that his writings were returned by the post office for insufficient postage.
Everything Murphy wrote was an explanation for why things go wrong. Here are a few more Murphy classics:
· Nothing is ever as simple as it first seems.
· Every activity takes more time than you have.
· Everything you decide to do costs more than first estimated.
· Whatever you set out to do, something else must be done first.
· If you improve or tinker with something long enough, eventually it will break.
· By making something absolutely clear, somebody will be confused.
· You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, and that's sufficient.