Date: Sat, 16 Dec 1995 00:18:04 -0500
From: "William H. Smith" Wh5mith[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Murphy's Law
Does anyone know the origin and the original version of Murphy's Law? I read
a review a
few years ago (I think it was Hugh Kenner's column in _Byte_ magazine) of a
book which gave the source, an Air force maintenance officer, Capt.
Patrick(?) Murphy, who
investigated the failure of a rocket sled and found that the seat had been
installed backwards. I did not look for the book, but that report is
consistent with my first
encounter with the Law, a poster in a Marine Corps aviation maintenance
office to the
effect of "If a part can be installed incorrectly, it will be." Does anyone
know the exact
source and original statement?