General Merfolology for Lawyers

Murphy’s Law.

If something bad can happen, it will certainly happen.


1. Nothing is so simple as it seems at the beginning.

2. Any business takes longer than you thought.

3. Of all the possible troubles, the one that will cause the greatest harm will happen.

4. If in any procedure you foresee four possible troubles and successfully prevent them, then the fifth quickly appears.

5. When things are neglected, they tend to develop from bad to worse.

6. Whenever you are determined to do something, it turns out that you must first do something different.

7. Each solution raises new problems.

8. It is impossible to protect from a fool all – in fact fools are so inventive!

9. Mother Nature is worse than a stepmother.

Farnsdick’s corollary.

Once things have gone from bad to worse, the whole cycle will be repeated again.

The Law of Benedict.

Nature is always on the side of hidden vice.

The second law of Chisholm.

The people around will evaluate any suggestions at all the way the author understood them.

The first law of Sodd.

If a person wants to do some work, someone (or something) will unconsciously interfere with him. Nevertheless, some tasks are still being carried out, because those who interfere with their implementation, too, do their work, therefore, in turn falls under the law.

Second law of Sodd.

The worst will happen sooner or later.


Any system should be designed for the worst of circumstances.

Simon’s Law.

Everything that is connected, sooner or later falls apart.

Lamenting Lofts.

No one is allowed to improve on what he has done before.

The Frotingema Law.

Urgency is always inversely proportional to importance.

Rudin’s law.

In times of crises that force people to choose one of several alternative lines of conduct, most make the worst possible choice.

Murphy’s law in thermodynamics.

Under pressure, things are worse.

Padders laws.

1. Everything that starts well ends poorly.

2. Everything that starts badly, ends even worse.

Summary of Schnaterley to all the consequences of Murphy’s law.

If something bad can not happen, it will certainly happen.

Си Silverman Paradox.

If something bad happens with Murphy’s law, it will certainly happen.

Generalized Murphy’s law.

If a series of events goes wrong, they will occur in the worst possible sequence.

Generalization of Gattuso.

There is nothing so bad that it can not become even worse.

Nagler’s remark about the origin of Murphy.

Murphy’s law was formulated not by Murphy himself, but by a completely different person, his first-name surname.

Con’s Consequence.

Two mucks are just the beginning.

O’Toole’s comment.

Murphy was an optimist.

The Law of Maakhsa.

If things are going well, then they can go completely abnormally.

Murphy’s uncertainty principle.

You can argue that some things do not work out, you can only after you have done a great, and odd number of mistakes.

Tassman’s law.

There is nothing more unavoidable than a mistake whose time has come.

Mistakenly quoted by Grossman, G.L. Mencken

For complex problems there are simple and easy to understand wrong decisions.

Law of Ducharm.

The opportunity always turns up at the most inopportune moment.

Murphy’s law over time and action.

It is never known how soon it will be too late.

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