Finagle's Law


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Finagle's Law

(humour)
The generalised or "folk" version of Murphy's Law, fully named "Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives" and usually rendered "Anything that can go wrong, will". One variant favoured among hackers is "The perversity of the Universe tends toward a maximum".

The label "Finagle's Law" was popularised 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.
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Murphy's Law - or Reilly's, Sod's, Strauss' or Finagle's Law - actually states that if a thing can go wrong, it will.
Most of these are variants on 'Anything that can go wrong, will'; this is sometimes referred to as Finagle's Law.
Finagle's Law is the generalised or folk version of Murphy's Law, fully named 'Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives'.