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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 30, 2001
We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors . . . but they all have to learn to live in the same box. - Author Unknown
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Submitted by Sherri Rimmer
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Ever tried to trace your family tree?
Even if you aren't into genealogy, these are fun.
Part 2 of 2 [Mar 26, 30]
Every family tree has some sap in it.
Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate.
Genealogists never die, they just lose their roots.
Genealogy: A hay stack full of needles. It's the threads I need.
Genealogy: Collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live cousin!
Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.
Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!
I think my family tree is a few branches short of full bloom.
My ancestors are hiding in a witness protection program.
My family tree is a few branches short!
Take nothing but ancestors, leave nothing but records.
Theory of relativity: If you go back far enough, we're all related.
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Over the great front doors of an old church being restored was inscribed in stone: "This is the Gate of Heaven." Just below it, someone had placed a small cardboard sign which read: "Use Other entrance."
By Cal & Rose Samra, Holy Humor
Available at: http://www.dailyguideposts.com/cgi-bin/sgin0101.exe?FNM=00&T1=2584&UID=200103 2619094088&UREQA=1
Born in 1917, Edward A. Murphy, Jr. was one of the engineers on the rocket-sled experiments that were done by the United States Air Force in 1949 to test human acceleration tolerances (USAF project MX981).
One experiment involved a set of 16 accelerometers mounted to different parts of the subject's body. There were two ways each sensor could be glued to its mount. Of course, somebody managed to install all 16 the wrong way around.
Murphy then made the original and unknown form of his pronouncement, which the test subject (Major John Paul Stapp) paraphrased at a news conference a few days later.
Within months, "Murphy's Law" had spread to various technical cultures connected to aerospace engineering, and finally reached the Webster's dictionary for the first time in 1958.
Tragically (and perhaps typically), the popular cliche we refer to as "Murphy's Law" was never actually uttered by Edward Murphy.
So, Murphy's Law applies to Murphy's Law, too, of course.
The traditional version of Murphy's Law ("anything that can go wrong, will") is actually "Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives." Finagle's Law was popularized by science fiction author Larry Niven in several stories depicting a frontier culture of asteroid miners; this "Belter" culture professed a religion and/or a running joke involving the worship of the dread god Finagle and his mad prophet Murphy.
Since then, the relentless truth inherent in Murphy's Law has become a persistent thorn in the side of humanity. And, we fear, it always will. That is the one thing you can count on.
The following includes an interesting list of "Murphy's Laws."
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