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Murphy's Law

Murphy's law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment, and precursors to the modern version of Murphy's law are not hard to find. Recent significant research in this area has been conducted by members of the American Dialect Society. ADS member Stephen Goranson has found a version of the law, not yet generalized or bearing that name, in a report by Alfred Holt at an 1877 meeting of an engineering society. The law's namesake was Capt. Ed Murphy, a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab in 1949. Frustration with a strap transducer which was malfunctioning due to an error in wiring the strain gage bridges caused him to remark – "If there is any way to do it wrong, he will" – referring to the technician who had wired the bridges at the Lab. (1866)

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A computer is only as smart as the person using it
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A computer makes as many mistakes in two seconds as 20 men working 20 years make.
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A man with one watch is certain about time. A man with two watches isn't.
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A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.
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After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.
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After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.
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After you bought a replacement for something you've lost and searched for everywhere, you'll find the original.
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All good things come to those who wait... but , don't wait too long or they will pass you by...
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An expert is someone brought in at the last minute to share the blame.
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Any simple theory will be worded in the most complicated way.
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Any time you put an item in a "safe place", it will never be seen again.
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Any tool dropped will fall where it can cause the most damage.
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Anything in parentheses can be ignored.
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Behind every little problem there's a larger problem, waiting for the little problem to get out of the way.
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Being dead right, won't make you any less dead.
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Berneathys formula fact: Instruction manuals are for losers
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Berneathys guide theorem: You're only lost if you admit it
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Buddha's Version of Murphy's Law: Decay is inherent in all things, strive unceasingly.
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Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will use it.
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Chaos always wins, because it's better organized.
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Cheer up, the worst is yet to come...
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Common Sense Is Not So Common
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Computers don't make errors-What they do they do on purpose.
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Computers let you waste time efficiently
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Don't be irreplaceable, if you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.
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Don't fix something that ain't broke, 'cause you'll break it and you still can't fix it
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Eat one live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.
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Enough research will tend to support whatever theory.
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Every problem is replaceable with a bigger one.
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Every rule has an exception except the Rule of Exceptions.
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Every solution breeds new problems.
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Everything takes longer than you think.
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Garbage abhors a vacuum. It will grow to fill available space. The more space you have, the more junk you'll have.
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Good enough - isn't, unless there is a deadline.
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Great ideas are never remembered and dumb statements are never forgotten.
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Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you think, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
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If all else fails, hit it with a big hammer.
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If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.
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If anything can go wrong, it will. it will be all your fault, and everyone will know it.
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If at first you don't succeed destroy all evidence that you ever tried.
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If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
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If it looks good, And it taste good, And it feels good,There has got to be something wrong some where, So be careful.
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If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done.
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If it works in theory, it won't work in practice. If it works in practice it won't work in theory.
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If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.
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If mathematically you end up with the incorrect answer, try multiplying by the page number.
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If the truth is in your favor no one will believe you.
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If you are given an open-book exam, you will forget your book. If the test is on-line, you will forget your password. If you are given a take home exam, you will forget where you live.
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If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.
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If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.
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If you don't want it, there is plenty of it; If you really need it, they're all out of it.
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If you think you understand science (or computers or women), you're clearly not an expert.
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If your action has a 50% possibility of being correct, you will be wrong 75% of the time.
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In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
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In nature, nothing is ever right. Therefore, if everything is going right ... something is wrong.
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In the eyes of your professor, you are ALWAYS wrong, so don't bother trying.
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In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is.
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In today's fast-moving tech environment, it is a requirement that we forget more than we learn.
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It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
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It is never wise to let a piece of electronic equipment know that you are in a hurry.
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It is simple to make something complex, and complex to make it simple.
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It takes forever to learn the rules and once you've learned them they change again.
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Just because you CAN do something doesn't mean you SHOULD.
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Key to happiness is to be O.K. with not being O.K.
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Knowing mathematics and teaching mathematics are not equivalent
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Laundry Math:1 Washer + 1 Dryer + 2 Socks = 1 Sock
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Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
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Little things make a lot more of a difference; but the little things don't get as much recognition.
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Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.
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Long's Law: Those who know the least will always know it the loudest.
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Mother said there would be days like this, but she never said there would be so many.
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Murphy's golden rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules.
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Never argue with a fool, people might not know the difference.
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Never underestimate incompetency
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No good deed goes unpunished.
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No matter how many resources you have, it is never enough.
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No matter how much you study for a test you will be asked a question that you don't know.
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No matter where I go, there I am
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No matter which book you need, it's on the bottom shelf.
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No part ever fails where you can reach it, or where there is enough light to see how to replace it.
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Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.
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Nothing is as easy as it looks.
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Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.
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One college student in a hot rod car has half a brain, two college student have no brain
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People don't make the same mistake twice, they make it three, four, or five times.
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Pocket calculator batteries that have lasted all semester will fail during the math final.
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Power Is Taken... Not Given
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Probabilities serve only and exclusively to determine the degree of improbability of the catastrophes that actually take place.
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Rule of Accuracy: When working toward the solution of a problem, it always helps if you know the answer.
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Skarstad's Observation: You will never find any more loose change than you have already lost.
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Someone else always seems to get the credit for your work.
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Technicians are the only ones that don't trust technology.
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Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch to be sure. great discoveries are made by mistake.
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The best things in the world are free --- and worth every penny of it.
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The best time to ask for a raise is when everything has gone wrong and your boss is in a panic mode. Never ask for a raise after you have successfully completed a project.
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The boss is always right. If the boss is wrong, refer back to the rule.
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The clothes washer/dryer will only eat one of each pair of socks.
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The entropy of the universe tends to a maximum
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The examination paper is always easier when you are not taking it.
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The file you are looking for is always at the bottom of the largest pile.
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The first 90% of a project takes 90% of the time, the last 10% takes the other 90% of the time.
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The first myth of management is that it exists.
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The fish are always biting....yesterday!
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The light at the end of the tunnel is a train
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The more knowledge you gained, the less certain you are of it.
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The most ominous words for those using computers:  "Daddy, what does 'Now formatting Drive C mean'?"
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The only program that runs perfectly every time, is a virus
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The only times something's right, is when everyone agrees its wrong.
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The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, the pessimist fears this is true.
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The other line always moves faster.
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The probability of forgetting your password is directly proportional to the frequency of changing it.
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The road to success is always under construction
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There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over.
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Things get worse under pressure.
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Those who don't take decisions never make mistakes.
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To know much sleep less.
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Two wrongs don't make a right. It usually takes three or four.
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Waxman's Law: Everything tastes more or less like chicken.
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We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.
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What you don't know, will cost you a lot of money.
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Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
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When all else fails, read the instructions.
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When in doubt, mumble. When in trouble, delegate.
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When in trouble do what you can. If that fails try what you can't. If that fails give yourself an A for effort and run like hell with pride!
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When putting something into memory, always remember where you put it.
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When something goes wrong, you cannot find the solution in the instruction booklet, but someone else always does.
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When things are going right, you won't notice
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When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
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When you wear new shoes for the first time, everyone will step on them.
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Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.
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Where patience fails, force prevails.
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Work smarder and not harder and be careful of yor speling.
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You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
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You can't misspell numbers when you write them as digits.
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You cannot successfully determine beforehand which side of the bread to butter.
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You have to look where you lost it.
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You will always find something in the last place you look.
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You will find an easy way to do it, after you've finished doing it.
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Your parents never fail to call you on your cell phone when you're at a party
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