Timeout: The Sackler Laws (Part 3)

The Law of Laws

“The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at and repair.”  Douglas Adams

The only law that works better in practice than it does in theory is Murphy’s Law.

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Whomever said originally that Murphy was an optimist was at least hinting at this. But this blog is about cutting to the chase, cutting out the crap, and stating the obvious (or the “should be obvious”) as directly as humanly possible.  After all, it is Einstein who said one should make things as simple as possible.  So for all the countless corollaries, addenda and sub-clauses to the infamous milieu of Murphy,  I do not believe anyone has ever stated this obvious notion so directly.


  1. I am always shocked when something goes well. Had my gas powered grass trimmer suddenly stop last week. Took it apart (OMG) and blew compressed air into every hole I could find, changed all the hoses, put back together and pulled the cord. It started and ran. I have no idea what the issue was or how it was fixed. I am still in awe of the moment.

    • Don’t worry Jim, it will happen again. And if you ever figure out exactly what caused it and how to prevent it, it will find a different reason to break down.

  2. Haha, I kind of agree. I’ve always thought that, instead of “things happen for a reason”, people should reframe it as “you never notice when the results don’t line up with your expectations, so only when your expectations fail do you truly learn something new.”

  3. Reblogged this on bearspawprint.


  1. […] Mark Sackler wrote on his Millennium Conjectures web log, Murphy’s Law is the only law that works better in practice than it does in theory. […]

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