Hello everyone, in today’s article we will examine Murphy’s laws that we encounter from time to time in our daily lives. These laws, which are shaped on probabilities and bad situations, are quite interesting. In fact, we come across it all the time in our daily life. Let’s take a look at these interesting laws together.

This article contains “What are Murphy’s laws?”, “The origin story of Murphy’s laws”, “What are the general rules of these laws”, “The buttered cat paradox”. We will seek answers to these questions.

What are Murphy’s laws?

Murphy’s Laws are generally a set of ways of thinking that assumes that if something bad is likely to happen, it will happen. For instance, cigarette smoke always goes to the side of the non-smoker; when the bread with jam falls on the ground, the part with jam always touches the ground; it always rains after when you just washing the car. This way of thinking, which focuses on the principle that such undesirable situations will happen if there is a possibility, was come up with by engineer Edward A. Murphy Jr. Let’s take a look at the origin story of these rules.

The origin story of Murphy’s laws

Engineer Edward A. Murphy Jr. is serving at an airbase in California, the USA in 1949, working on the crash test codenamed MX981. The technician who worked at the wiring stage of the sensors could not conclude because he made a mistake. Murphy, who observes this situation, uses the famous word for the first time ‘Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.’ says. And thus the concept of ‘Murphy’s Laws’ emerges.

What are the general rules of these laws?

  • Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
  • Nothing is as easy as it looks.
  • Everything takes longer than you think it will.
  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.
  • If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.
  • If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
  • Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
  • If everything seems to be going well, you have overlooked something.
  • Nature always sides with hidden flaws.
  • It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.
  • Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first.
  • Every solution breeds new problems.
  • The probability of something you tell being listened to by someone else is inversely proportional to your desire to tell.

The buttered cat paradox

The butter cat paradox is a paradox joke and thought experiment. It consists of a general observed natural situation and a Murphy’s law.

Cartoon about “the buttered cat paradox”

These are:

  • Cats always land on their feet
  • The buttery part of the buttered bread that falls on the ground always falls on the ground.

Considering this situation, if a buttery bread is tied to the back of a cat and left from above, it will technically never fall to the ground. So this situation leads to a paradox. If you want to know more about this topic, you can click here.


In this article, we have extensively discussed Murphy’s laws, which we frequently encounter in our daily lives, I hope you liked our article. See you in our next article.

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