Murphy’s Law

Everybody knows Murphy’s Law: “If anything can go wrong, it will”. Right? Well, maybe not exactly. Who was Murphy, anyway? Did he really exist? Did he really say that? According to an article I stumbled onto, he really did exist (there’s even a picture of him), but exactly what he said, and what the law means, is apparently debatable. Ironically, the author mentions that at one point, he thought “Murphy’s Law might be something of an urban legend — like the story about the guy who strapped rocket bottles to his car and accidentally launched himself into a mountainside”. This is ironic because the research leading to Murphy’s Law bears a strong resemblance to what claims to be the true rocket car story.

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