Friday, June 18, 2010

417. Murphy's Law played volleyball in my life

Back in my college days my friends and I used Murphy's Laws in our conversations. Recently I decided to find the origin of the saying "Murphy's Law" and did a small study on it and I learnt a lot from the study.
Murphy's Law ("If anything can go wrong, it will") was born in 1949 .It was named after Capt. Edward A. Murphy, an engineer working on Air Force Project MX981, (a project) designed to see how much sudden deceleration a person can stand in a crash.One day, after finding that a transducer was wired wrong, he cursed the technician responsible and said, "If there is any way to do it wrong, he'll find it." The contractor's project manager kept a list of "laws" and added this one, which he called Murphy's Law.Shortly afterwards, the Air Force doctor (Dr. John Paul Stapp) who rode a sled on the deceleration track to a stop, pulling 40 Gs, gave a press conference. He said that their good safety record on the project was due to a firm belief in Murphy's Law and in the necessity to try and circumvent it. Aerospace manufacturers picked it up and used it widely in their ads during the next few months, and soon it was being quoted in many news and magazine articles. Murphy's Law was born.

Trivia: One important fact about Murphy's Law was that it was not actually coined by Murphy, but by another man of the same name.

Some of the Murphy's Rules/Laws that I have experienced in my life will form the content of this post.
1.If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something

I had a steady girlfriend for two years. (2004-2006). Everything seemed to be going so well. But in the summer of 2006, I was caught red-handed by my "Then-Girlfriend" for two-timing with a junior from the same college. I tried explaining to her that I wasn't two timing because I knew that two timing was bad. Later she came to know that I was indeed telling the truth. Still she left me.

Moral : If only I had not been an innocent guy, I would have known that three-timing was bad too
2. Things get worse under pressure.

Have you ever peed in your own pants during your 10th state board exams? I have. The invigilator did not allow me to take a leak thinking that I was trying to cheat in exams. I always performed well under pressure. But this was a different kind of pressure. I thought that no one else knew about it because my action shoes had shock absorbing function and not a drop of water seeped out of my shoes. But still, why did Lavanya and Shireen giggle at me. How did they know?
3. Everything takes longer than you think
I am going to travel back to my engineering days (1999-2003). I spent one year of my college life in Hostel. Those were the best and worst days of my life. The bathroom was an open room. I was so shy in the beginning. I used to take bath with my T-Shirt and my pants on. But three friends of mine (Augustine, Dinesh and Robert) would took bath without any clothes on . Very soon the shyness in me disappeared and I was comfortable taking bath in complete freedom. All the other guys looked down on us as if we were sinners . I guess we made them look inferior for many reasons.Two years ago, I went back to my college and took a picture of the Toilet. I was shocked to realise that the toilets did not have any doors now. When I was in hostel, at least the toilets had doors. There were 8 toilets lined one after the other. Except for the last toilet, all the other toilets had a latch on the doors. Each Toilet were named after a country. The latch less toilet was named "France". 147 guys stayed in the hostel and waiting in the queue to get into a toilet was an every morning activity for all of us. No one dared to go to France with fear of getting caught for more than 2 reasons. The four naked maniacs (Including me) always chose France because waiting in the queue took longer than we thought. Soon the college management came to know about this and repaired France's door. But we broke it again.
4. Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.

Going to a salsa party is a very irritating exercise, if your salsa partner is not your girlfriend. It is even more irritating when your salsa partner has a boyfriend. I always had to seek permission from my salsa partner's boyfriend before taking her out for a salsa dancing session. The boyfriend would call her every 5 minutes to check if I had misbehaved with her or not. At times like this, I wished that I had a girlfriend too. But when I realised the meaning of the words "All that glitters is not gold", I was happy that I was still single.

5. When you are about to sneeze,somebody laughs at you and you fail to sneeze.

The first ever Indiblogger meet outside the Indian soil will take place this evening in Singapore. The meet is called #indising. 12 Budding Indian bloggers will be meeting and sharing their views on world peace.

I would also be presenting a 143 page report on the topic "How to catch Osama?" during the meet. But Murphy's Law has played its part on this issue also. I am running a high temperature and the possibility of my presence in the meet looks very bleak. But for once, I am gonna prove Murphy wrong. I am taking my camera along with me.


  1. I think it was not the shoes, but the pants that gave way...

    Nice one...and best of luck with fever...

  2. ROFL.

    I guess I should blogroll this space with "Laughter Dose".

  3. Pretty good one Chriz. As usual though you're in your top element with the pressure one!!! :D

    You're grateful you are single. I am doubly grateful that I do not know salsa, so I do not have to talk to boyfriends of my salsa partners, and I do not have a girlfriend! ;) :D

    Jokes apart, neat post, during which you have accomplished something you always wanted to - no typos, errors etc as far as I can tell. So "Yay" for that!! :D:D

  4. out of curiosity, why did you guys break France's door all over again?

    And osama's gotta be shivering in his pants.. i mean what if you cracked a joke about him? :P

  5. @anonymoues someone : haha.. fever gone.. yes! the pants told the truth

    @anwesa : thats an honour dearie

    @srini : i should say yay... cos i types this one without looking into the grammar part of it.. when i concentrate on it, i make mistakes..

    @Loshini : we broke France's door, because if it had a latch, many would have queued in front of it.. without a latch, only four people used it :)

    Did not present the report on Osama.. I tried my level best to be calm and soft during the meet.. But just when my nutty cells started working, the meet got over.. good that it ended at that moment..

  6. Nostalgic stuff ! All the best - Get well soon 'da

  7. Hey Chriz..

    Nice one, reminds me of my older post on Murphy's Law

    See if you like it:

  8. How did they know???? might be "pambin kaal pambarium"......!!

    nice one :))

  9. so u now know that third timing isn't :P

    For me, Murphy's law applies everytime I drop a pen or a bottle cap.. they find the most uncomfortable and farthest places to settle!

  10. ROFl.

    Now i m off to reading other posts :P.

  11. u have pics for just about everything, dont u??
    n content...i need to allocate a special time of the day to read ur archives...

  12. get well soon Chrizy :-)
    Murphy's law played so much with you..!!


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