I call it tricking Mr. Murphy

By Mir
May 8, 2008
Category Hot Hot Hot!

You know Murphy’s Law, right? It states that that which can go wrong, will go wrong?

It can be further extrapolated to such obvious applications such as, if you carry an umbrella, it won’t rain. But if you do, it won’t. I often carry an umbrella just to keep it from raining.


Anyway, that’s why it’s good to have a roadside emergency kit in your car at all times—so that you won’t need it. You can’t go wrong at $10 shipped, you know. Makes a great gift, too, because it’s sort of like magical protection, but much more useful and less gross than a monkey’s paw.

Stop looking at me like that.


  1. I’m with you on the law extrapolation–I totally get it. But now I have a question . . . let’s say we’re in the same city. I wash my car, and you carry your umbrella. Does it rain? Or not?

  2. Sharkey, I think my head just exploded. 😉

  3. Dude, Jess stole my comment. Hmph.

  4. It doesn’t rain but you do park your car next to a broken srpinkler that is pointed right at your car. Everyone wins!

  5. Thanks for featuring this. We’re driving from Tx to Va next month and it’d be nice to have this in the van. Can’t beat $10 shipped!

  6. I have a huge OSHA first aid kit in my car for the same reason. Maybe I should put some carpet cleaner in there so my kids will stop spilling drinks…

  7. I keep telling my friends that I have a huge cloud of Murphy’s Law hanging over me right now. For instance, I was heading to a garage sale a couple of weeks ago. I debated over whether or not to go to the bank for cash before heading over. I chose to go to the bank. Guess what? This widely advertised “garage sale” in a large common area of a nice neighborhood was two ladies standing by one table with a few clothes scattered about. But if I hadn’t gone to the bank…

  8. Oh, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it should say “But if you don’t, it will.” Just in case there are any lucky folks out there that don’t know the joys of Murphy’s Law.

  9. Just a thought — that would be a great thing to have in your gift closest if you have kids who are getting to be that age…where they and their friends and the neighbors and the cousins or whatnot are getting “first cars” that have over 100,000 miles on them and perpetually drive with one wheel as a donut. 🙂 — Sort of a nice way to say “congratulations on your first money sucking mode of transpo!”

  10. Oh, man! Does anyone use monkey paws anymore? That takes me back. Good old monkey paws — smelly, but dependable!

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