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laws of nature?

   Discussion: laws of nature?
sheryls · 17 years, 6 months ago

besides murphy's law, what kind of stupid laws have you found?

things like, if i wash my car, by law, it must rain.

One i've known about for a while but only proved recently: if you buy a sharpie, it will hang around for approx. 3 days before running away.

iPauley Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
I had a $125 two-way radio do that once. I was pissed.

-- Pauley
nate... Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Well, if you were pissed, that would explain it.....

Did you find it once you sobered up?

JMD Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Living with three cats I've observed that a cat will always use a litter box within two minutes of it being cleaned.
K-Lyn Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Wow...I only have one cat and I've observed that one!
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Heh...me too...I always refer to it as the race to christen the box. :)
nate... Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
well, sure....
Just like people where I used to work would race to use the bathroom after it got cleaned.
:D

They'd hold it till it wasn't so nasty... I think cats do the same thing.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
I think in multi-cat households it's also a bit of a territory thing. Queen of the litterbox and all that. :)
Snow In Summer Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
a twist on that i encountered just seconds ago: once in the shower, your flatmate will instantly have an overwhelming need to use the bathroom.  even if he was just in there 10 minutes ago.
Mamalissa! Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
Yup.  It's true.  And that picture is absolutely adorable! 
lawrence Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
things like, if i wash my car, by law, it must rain.

isn't that just a specific case of Murphy's law?
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
I have an annoying one I encountered recently. If you wait in cashing in stock options, the price tanks. If you see a decent price and cash them in, they subsequently go up, so that if you'd waited it would have been hundreds more. But of course, if you'd waited, you'd miss the peak and they'd go down again. Pffft.
Geoff Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
There's always Godwin's Law, you Nazi. =P
sheryls Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
dude, now you lose the argument! YAY I WIN! just like the nazis didn't!
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 17 years, 6 months ago
When there is a choice of lines to wait on the other line is always faster. I actually read a proof of something similar in a probability text.
Christina Abbott · 17 years, 6 months ago
when i do my laundry, i lose at least one pair of socks.

Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
You lose pairs of socks? I always lose just one of a pair.
Phoenix Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
oh that's why I use little feet ;-D


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sheryls Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
omg, that rules!
stealthlori · 17 years, 6 months ago
the telephone-ringing-when-youre-on-the-toilet thing.

or in the shower, but at least then you usually don't hear it taunting you.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
I was convinced that my friend Aubrey had cameras hidden in my house and he'd wait to call when I was on the toilet.
FrüBill · 17 years, 6 months ago
gravity. more than just a good idea, it's a law!!
Mamalissa! · 17 years, 6 months ago
This is one I developed in high school:

neat bedroom --> messy locker
messy bedroom --> neat locker

I fell into the second category myself.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
We didnt' have lockers in HS but knowing me I'd be messy bedroom and messy locker.
Andrea Krause Back · 17 years, 6 months ago

My room and locker were messy. Now my house and cubicle are messy. It's my destiny.

Geoff Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
I had a neat locker because nothing was in it. I never used it. I never did any schoolwork. =P
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 17 years, 6 months ago
I first learned Murphy's law in my computer math class in the fall of 1972. We were taught a stronger version than I've heard elsewhere. The Usual version is:

What can go wrong will go wrong.


We learned:

What can't go wrong will go wrong.

We actually used that practically. If in a program you divided by a number that couldn't possibly be zero we were taught to still test if it were zero before doing the division just in case Murphy was rearing his ugly head.
meh Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
I learned something similar to that under the name "O'Doyle's Law"

O'Doyle's law states that Murphy was an optimist.
Rimbo Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
O'Doyle's law rules!
jen · 17 years, 6 months ago
one i've encountered a few times. Meeting up with the guy you pined away for years earlier... when he didnt notice you back then, he sure as hell pays attention now. And now of course, you're not interested!
Rimbo Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
In that same line of thinking, once you're committed to another person (married, "going steady" [hee], whatever) you're automatically more attractive to members of the opposite sex.  Or same sex.  Whatever.  The sex you're trying to sex.
nate... Back · 17 years, 6 months ago
yeah, but I think there's a reason for that.... I think it's due to being more relaxed... and not actively "looking".



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