Murphy’s Laws

You may have heard of “Murphy’s Law” before (see item #1 below), but did you know that there are at least four five different formulations of this famous law? Via Roger’s Bacon, here are the first four:

1. Murphy’s Law – “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

2. Murphy’s Second Law – “Nothing is as easy as it looks.”

3. Murphy’s Third Law (also known as Hofstadter’s law) – “Everything takes longer than you think it will (even when you account for Murphy’s Third Law).”

4. Murphy’s Fourth Law – “If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.” (Corollary: if there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then.)

Bonus: Murphy’s Fifth Law (hat tip: Sheree) — “It will cost twice as much as anticipated.”

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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3 Responses to Murphy’s Laws

  1. Sheree says:

    You’ve forgotten the fifth one: it will cost twice as much as anticipated.

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