Murphy’s Law – Fixing things

Murphy’s law of probability or sod’s law is summarised by the saying “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” This is a new little series intended to be a numerous and light hearted look at the world of cock up. More often than anything it’s the small things in life that stress us out, I know this is the case with me. This is a kind of reverse psychology look at the fact that when things go wrong – it ain’t that bad really.


Something needs fixing. Again. Something always needs fixing or is broken and the task of fixing it has befallen the poor victim. I have often been in this place and even though it’s just you and inanimate object here, the agent of Murphy is either circumstance or your own senses failing you.

In this situation a number of things can happen. If for example you’re replacing a wheel bearing it’s soon apparent that the wrong one has been replaced. Or perhaps in the process of fixing something electronic something else has been broken. Or even that you only realise your replacement part is wrong when the whole thing is in pieces around you.

You scream. Murphy’s Law has struck. Again.

What’s you view on Murphy’s Law? How has it struck you in the past… I hope you my fellow bloggies enjoy this little featurette.

Simon šŸ™‚


24 thoughts on “Murphy’s Law – Fixing things

  1. As I am fond of pronouncing on WP anything odd with computers and allied quasi-life forms has to do with Skynet, which cleverly convinced us it was fiction by producing several films and a TV series.
    However it goes back every further!
    Jerome K Jerome author of several books mostly known for ‘Three Men in a Boat’ was a genius at exposing so called inanimate objects life and characters- always malicious and mischievous.
    We have a house full of them, irresponsibly hurling themselves on floors, childishly hiding down the sides of chairs when urgently needed, profligate in using up battery power then whining to be charged; treacherously falling on heads or tripping us up. And of course plotting at night to work out some combined act of distraction for the next day.
    We should be allowed to jump up and down on our laptops and then claim a full refund under Murphy’s Law, if we can prove justifiable provocation.

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      1. One of the great humourists, and he could mix pathos and sobering social commentary into the mix. His observations on society and human foibles still sound fresh today

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