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An adage which states that if anything can go wrong, then it will at the worst possible moment.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
The generalized or ‘folk’ version of Murphy's Law, fully named “Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives” and usually rendered “Anything that can go wrong, will”. May have been first published by Francis P. Chisholm in his 1963 essay The Chisholm Effect, later reprinted in the classic anthology A Stress Analysis Of A Strapless Evening Gown: And Other Essays For A Scientific Eye (Robert Baker ed, Prentice-Hall, ISBN 0-13-852608-7).The label ‘Finagle's Law’ was popularized by SF author Larry Niven in several stories depicting a frontier culture of asteroid miners; this ‘Belter’ culture professed a religion and/or running joke involving the worship of the dread god Finagle and his mad prophet Murphy. Some technical and scientific cultures (e.g., paleontologists) know it under the name Sod's Law; this usage may be more common in Great Britain. One variant favored among hackers is “The perversity of the Universe tends towards a maximum”; Niven specifically referred to this as O'Toole's Corollary of Finagle's Law. See also Hanlon's Razor.
Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives is usually rendered: One variant favored among hackers is a takeoff on the second law of thermodynamics: The term "Finagle's Law" was first used by John W. Campbell, Jr., the influential editor of Astounding Science Fiction. He used it frequently in his editorials for many years in the 1940s to 1960s but it never came into general usage the way Murphy's Law has. In the Star Trek episode "The Ultimate Computer", Dr. McCoy refers to an alcoholic drink known as the "Finagle's Folly", apparently a reference to "Finagle's Law". In Season 2, Episode 1, Captain Kirk tells Spock, "As one of Finagle's Laws puts it: 'Any home port the ship makes will be somebody else's, not mine.'" Eventually the term "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 running joke involving the worship of the dread god Finagle and his mad prophet Murphy. "Finagle's Law" can also be the related belief "Inanimate objects are out to get us", also known as Resistentialism. Similar to Finagle's Law is the verbless phrase of the German novelist Friedrich Theodor Vischer: "die Tücke des Objekts".
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