Have you ever heard of Murhy’s Laws?  If not here, are some of its laws.  For a more comprehensive listing of these laws, check out http://dmawww.epfl.ch/roso.mosaic/dm/murphy.html.  I find these laws quite entertaining but is absurdly true.


  1. Nothing is as easy as it looks.
  2. Everything takes longer than you think.
  3. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
  4. 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. Corollary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.
  5. If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
  6. If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
  7. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
  8. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
  9. Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
  10. Mother nature is a bitch.
  11. It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
  12. Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.
  13. Every solution breeds new problems.

Murphy’s Law of Research

Enough research will tend to support your theory.

Murphy’s Law of Copiers

The legibility of a copy is inversely proportional to its importance.

Murphy’s Law of the Open Road

When there is a very long road upon which there is a one-way bridge placed at random, and there are only two cars on that road, it follows that: (1) the two cars are going in opposite directions, and (2) they will always meet at the bridge.

Murphy’s Law of Thermodynamics

Things get worse under pressure.

The Murphy Philosophy

Smile… tomorrow will be worse.

Quantization Revision of Murphy’s Laws

Everything goes wrong all at once.

Murphy’s Constant

Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value

Murphy’s Corollaries

  1. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
  2. It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious

Law of the Perversity of Nature

(Mrs. Murphy’s Corollary): You cannot successfully determine beforehand which side of the bread to butter.

Corollary (Jenning): The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is directly proportional to the cost of the carpet.


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.

O’Toole’s Commentary

Murphy was an optimist.

NBC’s Addendum to Murphy’s Law

You never run out of things that can go wrong.