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Philosophy Corner


(Why Things Are The Way They Are)

Here are some of our favorites from Arthur Bloch's three volumes of Murphy's Laws (Price, Stern & Sloan, Los Angeles):

Weiler's Law (The Art of Delegation)

Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.

Gresham's Law (Why Problems Persist)

Trivial matters are handled promptly; important matters are never solved!

Evans' Law (Ignorance Is Bliss)

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, then you just don't understand the problem.

Gattuso's Extension of Murphy's Law (Never Challenge "Worse")

Nothing is ever so bad that it can't get worse.

Lynch's Law (Why Politicians Are Resigning in Droves in Washington)

When the going gets tough, everyone leaves.

Ballance's Law of Relativity (Why No One Else Shares Your Sense of Urgency)

How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom you're on.

Evans' & Bjorn's Law (Why We Have News Commentators)

No matter what goes wrong, there is always somebody who knew it would.

Finagle's Eighth Rule (Why It's Mike Vanderjagt's Fault the Steelers Beat the Colts)

Teamwork is essential. It allows you to blame someone else.

William's & Holland's Law (Why Conventional Wisdom Is Almost Always Wrong)

If enough data is collected, anything may be proven by statistical methods.

Hendrickson's Law (Why You Spend All Day In Meetings)

If a problem causes many meetings, the meetings eventually become more important than the problem.

Peter's Inversion (Why You Wait In Line At the Grocery Store)

Internal consistency is valued more highly than efficient service.

90-90 Rule of Project Schedules (Why Things Take So Long)

The first ninety percent of the task takes 90% of the time & the last ten percent takes the other 90%.

Clarke's Third Law (How Does This $#&*#! Thing Work?)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Stockmayer's Theorem (When Assessing a Task)

If it looks easy, it's tough. if it looks tough, it's damn well impossible.

Cahn's Axiom (when Using New Technologies)

When all else fails, read the instructions.

Hartley's Second Law (When Cultivating New Relationships)

Never sleep with anyone crazier than yourself.