Monday, August 13, 2012
TECHNICAL ISSUES: GREMLINS ATTACK P&P
It appears that Polemic and Paradox is experiencing some technical difficulties related to formatting which has put my links off-line.
Murphy's Law has struck!
We are just off the road from a few days R&R on the Burin Peninsula and I have to get ready for work at 4:30. This means that I will not be able to address the issue until after ten to tonight, or later in the week,
I hope it is nothing too serious, I know a lot of my regular readers use P&P to check out local, national and international news.
Once I get on top of my e-mail (180), I will take some time to restructure the blog.
Hang in there! Thanks for reading.
The exact history of the saying referred to as "Murphy's Law" may never be known, as there are several different stories explaining how it came about. Sayings resembling" 'if anything can go wrong it will' are abundant.
One stretches way back to 1877 when Alfred Holt wrote, "It is found that anything that can go wrong at sea generally does go wrong sooner or later." Another is called sod's law because it would happen to any poor sod just when he needed a complication the least.
British stage magician Nevil Maskelyne wrote in 1908, "It is an experience common to all men to find that, on any special occasion, such as the production of a magical effect for the first time in public, everything that can go wrong will go wrong."
Murphy's Law does not appear to have an Irish root as come people claim. The story goes that Edward Murphy was an engineer who was involved in the U.S. Army Air Force Aero Medical Laboratory’s project MX-981. Project MX-981 was designed to test the effects of deceleration forces of high magnitude on the human body. When a technician wired all of the strain gauges backwards, Capt. Murphy muttering the phrase which became history.
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