Thursday, December 7, 2023

Murphy's Law

I've known Murphy's Law, which is not really a law but more of an observation since I was a kid, but I recently decided to look into its origin.  Edward A. Murphy was a United States Air Force Captain and aeronautical engineer and came up with the saying "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."  It was coined in 1948/49 following some mishaps testing rocket sleds.  It's actually very good advice and helped guide my testing of computer programs throughout my career.  

My favorite follow-on is "Mrs. Murphy's law" which states, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong while Mr. Murphy is out of town."  From personal experience, I know this is the absolute truth.

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