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Beyond Murphy!!

The Way I See it

July 23, 2017
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Many people who are fascinated by the capriciousness of our universe must find Murphy's Law and all its' variations quite interesting. It seems there was an Edward Murphy, an engineer working on a certain project, found a small, technical error by one of his junior technicians and made this comment about him, "If there's any way to do something wrong, he will find a way to do it that way." Thus, the advent of what we now commonly call, "Murphy's Law." Since this original law commenced, many offshoots have sprung up. Following are some of Murphy's common laws mixed with a few of Sheda's Laws. See how many you can relate to.....

Left to themselves, things usually will go from bad to worse.

Whenever you set out to do something, something else must always be done first.

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Nothing ever is as easy as it looks. Never!

And, by the way, everything always takes longer that it should or you think it should.

If there's a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one.

It always cost more than first estimated or expected.

I may have all the tools possible, except for the one I need right now.

Every solution I may find will breed a brand new problem.

It's impossible to make something foolproof because fools are so clever.

If you tinker with anything long enough, you will eventually break it.

If there is a 50-50 chance of success, there will probably be a 75% chance of downright failure.

Interchangeable parts never are.

If the directions or instructions on something read assembly takes 15 minutes......plan on freeing up the entire afternoon.

Never argue with a fool because many people may not recognize the fool!!!

Blame will never be placed if enough people are involved. Which is why "committees" were invented.

You don't ever need something until you can't find it.

Along with that, after you finally go out and buy what you couldn't find, you come home and immediately find it.

Tell someone that there are 3 billion stars in the sky and they believe you. Let them see a sign on a door that says "wet paint" and they will touch it.

If something absolutely, positively, without a doubt cannot go wrong; you can be sure it will.

Whenever you buy something at the store, it will go on sale at 50% off next week.

And finally, if you give it just one more turn to really get it tight, you will strip the threads.

Yea, I must have been related to Murphy, 'cuz I've pretty much have lived by his rules my entire life. Do you have any others??? Let me know at or call me at: 319-327-4640.



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