On Murphy’s Laws

Murphy’s Laws are a set of ‘rules’ based on the idea that if something can go wrong, it will go wrong. It’s named for Captain Edward Murphy, an engineer working for the US Air Force in 1949. Captain Murphy, like a lot of engineers, had a tendency to be dismissive of the intelligence of non-engineers, since what he actually said was about a technician:

If there’s any way to do it wrong, he’ll find it.

I was going to write a list of Murphy’s Laws applying to students, but then I realised that a lot of Murphy’s Laws aren’t actually relevant provided you aren’t an idiot, and most of the rest are only relevant if you’re pathologically pessimistic.

Look at this one:

If you bring your voodoo doll/adult magazine or embarrassing cream to work, your boss will find it.

I’m not even sure what an ’embarrassing cream’ is, though if this were the Harry Potter universe I would definitely expect Fred and George to be selling it. Anyway, it seems pretty self evident that none of these things should be brought to work anyway.
If you pick up a chunk of broken concrete and try to pitch it into an adjacent lot, it will hit a tree limb and come down right on the driver’s side of your car windshield.
Serves you right for trying to chuck your rubbish into the neighbor’s garden, mate.
What do you think? Are Murphy’s Laws the funny precursor to Memebase? Or are they just a way for people to explain how they managed to vandalize their own car?

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