Friday, March 11, 2011

My neighbor Rube came through again.

The following are Universal Laws that everybody knows, and if they don’t [know them], they should:

[Note: Please do not write to say that a pronoun must agree with its antecedent in person and number. My readers have more important stuff on their minds, such as remembering that a preposition is a word you should never end a sentence with. --RWP]

Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll suddenly have to pee.

Law of Gravity: Any tool, nut, bolt, or screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

Law of Probability: The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers: If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal and someone always answers.

Law of the Alibi: If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire.

Variation Law: If you change lines or traffic lanes, the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

Law of the Bath: When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.

Law of Close Encounters: The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

Law of the Result: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.

Law of Biomechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theater and Sporting Arena At any event, the people whose seats are farthest from the aisle always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or game. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies, and stay to the bitter end of the performance or game. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

The Coffee Law: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something that will last until the coffee is cold.

Murphy’s Law of Lockers: If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces: The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

Law of Logical Argument: Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.

Brown’s Law of Physical Appearance: If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.

Oliver’s Law of Public Speaking: Some people are born with a silver foot in their mouth, and some people open their mouths only to exchange feet. A closed mouth gathers no feet.

Wilson’s Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy: As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it.

Doctors’ Law: If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor; by the time you get there you’ll feel better. If you don’t make an appointment, you’ll stay sick.


Putz said...

i love the law of logical, oh dear i can't complete this, but all my stories are believed, oh dear did i just tell someone something i shouldn't

Putz said...

logical argument

Carolina said...

Jelly sandwiches will always fall face-down on the floor, because that side of the sandwich is the heavier side. So... if you tie a jelly sandwich to the back of a cat, and the cat falls, will it land not on it's feet but on it's back and therefore on the jelly side of the sandwich?

Can I post this list on the Fridge Soup blog? I will mention you as the source of course ;-)

rhymeswithplague said...

Putz, it's okay, whatever it was you were trying to say or not reveal, I will still be your friend.

Carolina, it's okay with me if you post this list on the Fridge Soup blog, but don't mention me as the source. I received it from my neighbor Rube, and he received it from someone else, back to the dawn of computer time.

Pat - Arkansas said...

All amusing, and all true!

I have received an interesting word verification -- haratede. Surely I can create a definition for that one, but not right now.

Carolina said...

Thank you ;-)

Yorkshire Pudding said...

You omitted Sod's Law - if something can go wrong it will.
As you are seventy next week, I am arranging a Thai bride for you as a present! Don't tell Ellie, just put her up at the local Days Inn. She's called Pleng which is Thai for song. She will also do your laundry for you.

rhymeswithplague said...

Pud Thai, what you call Sod's Law is called Murphy's Law across the pond, whether the pond is the Atlantic or Pacific. I hasten to add that although I often find you quite amusing, Mrs. RWP never does.

rhymeswithplague said...

Pat, I didn't mean to leave you out. If I knew how to pronounce haratede it might make coming up with a definition easier. Right now it I'm vacillating between (a) n., the feeling one gets after having been harassed by a centipede or (b) adj., of, by, or related to the curly coiffure of Greek-American actress Melina Karakaredes.

rhymeswithplague said...


Snowbrush said...

Funny, but I just got that one too.