Friday, January 05, 2007

Murphy's Law

This has been a particularly tough week. Jake only worked Wednesday through Friday, but it is amazing how much pain can be compressed into three short days. Maybe it is just the fact that very little got done during the holiday period, but it seems like everything that could go wrong did go wrong this week.

I guess we can just blame it on that Murphy fellow. According to wikipedia, the term Murphy's Law originated in 1948 at Edward's Air Force Base. During the test of a missile system, it was discovered that the electrical plug on a piece of equipment could be plugged into the system in two different ways and as a result, the test failed. One of the engineers on the system was a gentleman by the name of Murphy, and he was given credit for coining the phrase.

One of the variations of Murphy's Law is that, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and at the worst possible time." A good hypothetical example of this is: Your car breaks down, it's pouring rain, and you discover that for the first time in a long time you forgot to charge your cell phone. D'oh.

Or as another hypothetical example: You have someone working for you who is in charge of a project. The project is reaching a culminating point and a big test is scheduled for Monday in another state. Sixty people and lots of equipment will be showing up for the test. On the Friday before the test, the project lead comes to your office and says, "Oh, by the way, I've taken another job and won't be going to the test on Monday." Double D'oh!!!

Well, what can you do. Murphy will be Murphy after all. We expect him to show up on occasion, but does he have to hit the ground running in the new year with such a vengeance?

Have you ever been the victim of Murphy's Law? What happened?


Rebecca said...

Fishing for comments, are we? ;) That's okay, it's natural.
I agree- that Murphy guy is really a @#&$%^*!!! ...or, his law is, anyway. Once I had an English assignment that I thought was due later in the week, but I found out one morning before school that it was due that very day. So I hunkered down in front of my locker and started trying to do an impossible amount of work in ten minutes. It just so happens that a friend was standing nearby, and she said, "Oh, that's not due until Thursday." Well, I was relieved. I went through the rest of the day being a happy little person. Then, during seventh period English, I discovered, to my dismay, that the assignment was actually due that day.
I lost quite a few brain cells by whacking my head on my desk. :) Kids, do all your homework as early as possible, even if it means not having a social life. Because what use are friends and a social status if you have to finish your homework ten minutes before you're supposed to turn it in?
Wait, no. Scratch that- friends are awesome.

Some Guy said...

Murphy seems to get me every single day :(

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