Talk:Murphy's Law

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Isn't the page called Murphy's Law? Why so many of other people's laws? Especially since some already have their own page. ThunderkatzHo! 11:45, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

A good question, perhaps we need a page - oh, I don't know - "popular laws" "humorous laws"? --Bob's your uncle 12:50, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

Other laws kept occurring to me & I just added 'em in - do with it as you will. Susantalk to me 12:54, 23 September 2007 (EDT)

Wiki refers to them as adages, but I don't know how widespread that term is - I hadn't heard it before. --AKjeldsenGodspeed! 13:45, 23 September 2007 (EDT)
Based on my mastery of vocabulary I'd say adage is an appropriate term. Me!Sheesh!Mine! 17:58, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
Does maxim work any better? In my brainiac wetware thesaurus "adage" connotes a mix of prescription and observation, while "maxim" is more about prescription... Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 18:39, 7 December 2009 (UTC)
btw I favor law since more people recognize the word. Adage is good too... Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 18:43, 7 December 2009 (UTC)


Move the contents of "other laws" to "Eponymous Laws" or something like that. It's similar to the list on WP. ArmondikoVtheist 19:34, 7 March 2009 (EST)

I like that idea, but we are getting a link in so we need to be careful. - π 05:51, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

Sod's LAw[edit]

Are Murphy's law and Sod's Law the same basic thing, or is there a notable difference? If not, then a redirect for Sod's law should arrive here. SJ Debaser 19:58, 6 December 2009 (UTC)

I think "sod's law" is just a colloquial expression of the same thing. I used to think that "Murphy's" was the mathematical model that proved it, but I'm pretty sure they're actually exactly the same same. Scarlet A.pnggnostic 19:49, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

Other laws[edit]

These should be in a separate article. -- Nx / talk 17:37, 7 December 2009 (UTC)

I concur. But what shall we call the article? Laws and Adages? DeltaStarSenior SysopSpeciationspeed! 11:53, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
Next thing you know, corollaries will be striking for equal mention. Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 12:43, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
I demand equal treatment for corollaries! Scarlet A.pnggnostic 14:50, 8 December 2009 (UTC)


Well its a link to this article but not for this law check it out. (talk) 03:11, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

I don't know how true that Beckhap's Law is. I once knew a girl (still do actually, but we only talk rarely now) that was both good extremely good looking and intelligent, pity she was a little emotionally unsettled. - π 05:51, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

Isn't this technically magical thinking?[edit]

I mean, Murphy's law was crafted for engineers, to help guide them on the idea of coming up with edge case events that can mess up your beautiful invention. Like "Someone will drive a 2 ton truck over your backcountry bridge" or "A hurricane will hit this dam in an area that hasn't seen a hurricane in 100 years, the year after you build it." But conventional perception actually treats Murphy's law as a description of the world. And confirmation bias helps affirm the notion to people. Does that need to be addressed in the article? Ikanreed (talk) 19:30, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Maybe it might, but It applies outside it's original context however. Something can and likely will go wrong, it's just how the world actually is, i don't think it's magical to say so.--Miekal 19:33, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
So when's the last time a tsunami hit New York City? Ikanreed (talk) 19:41, 25 September 2014 (UTC)
It could though, Better to be prepared. If there's a reasonable chance it actually could happen, i dont think its magical.--Miekal 21:37, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Donald Rumsfeld[edit]

Is Mruphy's Law in part an expression of the unknown unknowns coming into play? (talk) 19:26, 17 January 2017 (UTC)