Thursday, July 12, 2012

Taking a Closer Look at Murphy’s Law and who Murphy was

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Taking a Closer Look at Murphy’s Law and who Murphy was

Thanks Murphy – your laws have helped me to understand what happened yesterday!!!!


You were right Murphy – it did go wrong and wouldn’t work when I MOST NEEDED IT!

Who was Murphy anyway and how did he get so famous?

He was a real person that served as an Air Force Captain for the United States.  He was working on a project that was testing the G Force effects on humans during sudden deceleration.

Someone goofed up on a wiring connection of a certain part and he cursed and said, “If there is any way to do it wrong, he’d find it.” – referring to a fellow worker.

As I read the account of Mr. Murphy and his life I caught some other facts of what he was and what happened to him…

Like… How did Mr. Murphy die? Answer – One dark evening (in the U.S.), Mr. Murphy's car ran out of gas. As he hitchhiked to a gas station, while facing traffic and wearing white, he was struck from behind by a British tourist who was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Like… The Brits think that Murphy’s Law is an Irish joke – the Irish are the butt of many jokes… In Canada it would likely be the “Newfie’s Law”.

Murphy may not be the first person to utter this Law… but rather his name should be “Sod” – in Britain any poor guy that did something stupid or wrong was a “poor sod”.  So it could be called “Sod’s Law” as well – according to some sources.

The funny part is that Murphy’s Law has now been defined and redefined over and over again… as a study in human nature.  In all likelihood someone has been granted their Doctorate in Murphy’s Law – somewhere – sometime.

Murphy’s Law has morphed and gone in a hundred ways different from the original utterance. For example…
If anything can go wrong, it will
Corollary: It can (Corollary sent by Dr. Allen Roberds)

Corollary: It should Corollary sent by Earl R. Johnson (MacGillicuddy's Corollary: At the most inopportune time)

Extension: it will be all your fault, and everyone will know it. (Extension sent by Dean A. Izett)

I add this… The Husband’s Law… as defined by his wife and known deeply by the man – ahem…
“If anything can go wrong, it will be all your fault, and everyone will know it.

Hey you can have fun with these Laws!

How about the Law Dealing With Teenagers… “If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.”

The one above can also be restated about Teens, “Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.”

I added the Teenager and Teen part… and that is the way that this Murphy’s Law developed… one person applying it here and then another person applying it there.

Whoa!  This is way too much fun!

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