Murphy’s Law – Getting it wrong

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.
Situation:

It doesn’t matter what the job or the detail is, but let’s just say something needs to be cut or adjusted to fit something else. You take the measurements and measure 172cm. You take this and measure out on whatever it is you’re cutting.

After the cut you present the it and – shit! It’s cut too small! G=How can this be. Measuring it again, you cut 127cm!

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

In this case the agent of Murphy is expert and swapping thing round in your head and making it sound right. This causes all kinds of chaos.

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 🙂

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  1. Murphy’s Law, and its many variations, is truly universal! I like to apply it in cases where there is no other logical or easy explanation, which means I’ve used it too many times to count.

    PS Seems you have an interest in space similar to mine so I was wondering if you’ve heard of, seen and/or read “Hidden Figures” and “Rise of the Rocket Girls.” If you have, I’d like to hear your thoughts. I came of age in a non-technical role in the same industry, so both of these works are near and dear to my heart and I’m wondering if you’ve noted major changes from that period to this.

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  2. Gaaah! Don’t get me started on Murphy Measurements! When I’m cutting out fabric for projects, I measure constantly, and use a board with a grid on it to make sure my right angles are, well, right. And yet Murphy still manages to interfere on occasion! How can this be?!

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  3. I would like to know how Murphy manages to bend Space! You measure the space on the wall, say 172cm, you cut out the whatever to 172 cms and it still doesn’t fit!

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      1. I can do 5, but my doctor and my wife express much concern; though the pixies which live under the small pile of flower pots are with me all the way!

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