Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Known Unknown

Murphy's law:
Everything that can possibly go wrong, will go wrong.

Few interesting variants of Murphy's law:

Principle of Optimum Damage
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.

Murphy's Love Laws

All the good ones are taken.
If the person isn't taken, there's a reason.

Murphy's employment law:

No matter in which domain you are working, its intersection with the field of your interest is always a NULL set.

Few computer laws:

1. Any given program, when running, is obsolete.
2. If a program is useful, it will have to be changed.
3. If a program is useless, it will have to be documented.

Mother's law:

When you are broke, ask mom for a loan. She will help you remember what you wasted all your money on.

Exam laws:

Eighty percent of the final exam will be based on the one lecture you missed about the one book you didn't read.
If you are given an open-book exam, you will forget your book.
1. If you are given a take home exam, you will forget where you live.
2. If the test is on-line, you will forget your password

Other laws:
1. Any instrument when dropped will roll into the least accessible corner.
2. The more important it is to get to a website, the greater the chance the server is down.
3. No matter what result is anticipated, there will always be someone eager to (a) misinterpret it (b) fake it or (c) believe it
4. Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral or fattening.
5. Your best golf shot always occurs when playing alone.

And the recursive Murphy's law is:

If Murphy's Law can go wrong, it will.

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.

After all of these,

O'Toole's Commentary:

Murphy was an optimist.

P.S. Update on this:
Today's meeting went well:)

P.P.S. Every episode in our life proves these laws :)


  1. good collection from murphy's!! these laws reflect our lives totally.. ur P.P.S s absolutely true shar..:P my favourite ones-

    "If you hold a hammer in your hand, everything around you will look like a nail"

    "as soon as you learn a new trick you forget how to do it"

    "The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when showing someone."

    "If you have no problems, then you have no clue to what is going"

  2. Murphy stated second law of thermodynamics in english, without any physics term.

  3. @swarna
    Thanks for contributing more of them to my collection :D