Murphy’s Laws

Thursday Mar 07th, 2019


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.

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