Nonconformists have always changed the world, except for the one's that haven't.
July 06, 2012
Who first came up with Murphy’s Law is still a bit of mystery.
But we do have some clues.
An American newspaper in Norwalk, Ohio printed this verse in 1841:
“I never had a slice of bread,
Particularly large and wide,
That did not fall upon the floor,
And always on the buttered side.”
Some think that, since a fellow named Murphy was involved, it originated when Captain Murphy was working on a 1949 project at Edwards Air Force Base that measured human acceleration tolerances.
And found “what can go wrong, does go wrong.”
While others think it emerged into its modern form in 1952, as an epigraph to a mountaineering book by Jack Sack, who described it as an "ancient mountaineering adage."
We do know it is constantly venturing into more specific areas.
Law of Excuses:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.
Law of Getting there:
The only things that start on time are those that you're late for.
Law of Opportunity:
Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moment.
In approaching a double door, you will always go to the one door that is locked, pull when you should have pushed, and push when the sign says pull.
Any parent will vouch for the fact that the intensity of a tantrum is directly proportional to the amount of people around.
The Law of the Workshop:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
The Law of Probability:
The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
The Law of the Telephone:
If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.
Pessimism stems from the Latin pessimus (worst), and has been around for a while since once embraced, the possibility of being disappointed is diminished.
I like what English writer G. B. Stern said on the subject: “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.”