Good morning my fellow Rotarians. Last week I had one of those “Murphy’s Laws” days. You know, where “If anything can go wrong it will?” Anyone else every been there? So, I began to wonder who is this Murphy guy and why the label?
It was made famous by Capt. Edward Murphy, an Air Force engineer in charge of a 1968 testing project on how sudden stops from crashes effect pilots. Do they need to runs tests to know the results???
Apparently the testing went wrong quite often and Murphy would say the same thing after each failed test. His team started a list of other “Laws" that seemed to always be true and here are a few of them…
- Law of Probability… The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
- Law of Dialing… If you dial a wrong number, you never get voice mail and someone always answers.
- Law of Variation … If you change traffic lanes on the way to the base, the one you were in will always move faster than the one you change to (works every time).
- Law of the Result… When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
- Law of Close Encounters… The probability of meeting someone you know off the base increases dramatically when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
- Law of Mechanical Repair… After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you'll have to go to the restroom.
- Law of Physical Surfaces … The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor is directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpeting.
- Law of Logical Argument … Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
- Law of the Alibi… If you tell the colonel you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.