These are some unwritten laws of life that we are all aware of and I am sure that all of us have experienced most of them at one time or another. There is no scientific evidence for these laws and yet they do seem to occur far more often than you would expect.
I know for sure that I have been affected by a number of these laws. How many of these can you identify with having been the victim of?
THE LAW OF MECHANICAL REPAIR:
After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
THE LAW OF QUEUES
If you change queues, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are in now.
THE LAW OF TELEPHONES:
When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged signal or a number that doesn’t exist.
THE LAW OF THE WORKSHOP:
Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
THE LAW OF THE ALIBI:
If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tyre, the next morning you will have a flat tyre.
THE BATH THEOREM:
As soon as you get fully immersed in the water, the telephone will ring.
THE LAW OF ENCOUNTERS:
The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.
THE LAW OF THE RESULT:
When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will!
THE LAW OF BIOMECHANICS:
The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
THE LAW OF COFFEE:
As soon as you sit down for a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now.
This works every time, it also applies to supermarket checkouts.
At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.
THE LAW OF LOCKERS:
If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
Happens to me all the time in the gym.
LAW OF DIRTY RUGS/CARPETS:
The chances of an open faced sandwich or slice of iced cake landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness, color and cost of the carpet/rug.
LAW OF LOCATION:
No matter where you go, there you are.
I’m sure there’s a song somewhere…
LAW OF LOGICAL ARGUMENT:
Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.
If the shoe fits, it’s ugly.
A closed mouth gathers no feet.
A law I need to learn better.
As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.
Happens a lot unfortunately.
I have a few laws of my own, like The Law Of Reach. I get an itchy back almost every day, and you can practically guarantee that the itch will be around my shoulder blades where it’s almost impossible to reach and scratch properly.
The Law Of The Result definitely applies to writing computer programs, or should I say the inverse of the law applies, in that any program will work perfectly until you try to demonstrate it to someone.
Should you have a problem with your car or computer though, try to show it to someone and it works fine. Similarly when you call support because your internet connection doesn’t work, as I found out a few weeks ago.
Have you got any more life experiences like this you would like to share with us? If so please leave us a comment.
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