Laws of Life

You wouldn’t chuckle at these, if they weren’t so darned true.

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Murphy’s law – anything that can possibly go wrong, does.

Murphy’s First Corollary – Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
Any attempt on your part to correct this will only accelerate the process.

Murphy’s Second Corollary- It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

The Peter Principal – In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.

Murphy’s Constant – Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.

Quantised Revision of Murphy’s Law – Everything goes wrong all at once. See: When it rains it pours.

Finagle’s Law – Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it will only make things worse.

Gumperson’s Law – The probability of anything happening is in inverse ratio to its desirability.


Let’s take a look at a few examples:

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-Once a compter program or app is learned, the company who developed it will change it, making it unintelligible requiring a huge learning curve beyond normal human patience or time allotments to figure it out

-In the middle of the night–The sleepier you are the more likely your husband has left the toilet seat up

-the pot on the stove boils quicker when the phone rings

-frosted cakes only crack, earthquake style, when baked for a special occasion

-meeting an old boyfriend in the market guarantees you did not have time for makeup that morning

-your dog barks at a passerby exactly when the pivotal line of dialog disclosing who done it is uttered on your favorite TV show.

-The slice of bread lands buttered side down and in direct proportion to the value of the flooring.

-pears have exactly a thirty second period of ripeness, going from rock hard tasteless to grain mush in that span

-the sensor on your garage door pops it open after you have rounded the corner, out of sight of it

-the gas tank needle flirts with empty in direct proportion to how late you are for an appointment

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-no police within miles when a guy cuts you off. One on every corner when you don’t need them

-no time to spare to make your flight? Slow TSA queue guaranteed.

-you make that half court shot only when practicing hoops–alone

-forgot your reading glasses? The new restaurant you are trying out is sure to have flickering candlelight only.

-New white jeans assure leaky soda cup, sloppy drip of mustard from hotdog and/or spaghetti that refuses to stay on the plate.

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-That car in front of you with the never-ending left turn indicator will make their eventual lane change just as you are trying to pass them

-On a crowded sidewalk filled with bustling pedestrians. The one that decides to stop dead in his tracks to look at his phone is sure to be right in front of you.


Come play along.

What instance of Murphy’s law meets the Peter Principle meets any number of other ‘laws’ bugs you the most?

Examples…. DO SHARE!

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