Murphy’s Law says that if anything can go wrong it will.

For most, Murphy is not a popular guy, but he might have been right. However, being right doesn’t always make you popular. In fact in Murphy’s case, I hate the guy.

According to one report the name, Murphy’s Law, came from Capt. Ed Murphy. Murphy was a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab in 1949 working on testing the human tolerance for G-forces during rapid deceleration. Working on the project he got upset with a technician who designed a part that wasn’t working and said, “If there is any way to do it wrong, he will.”

However, the history of the old maxim dates much further back.

It was used during World War II and dates back to mathematician Augustus De Morgan who wrote a similar “law” on June 23, 1866.

So it could have been called Morgan’s Law, but Murphy won out. In large part due to the fact that after the incident with Capt. Murphy, the bungling mechanic began appearing in U.S. Navy educational cartoons of the 1950s.

Murphy has been showing off his rightness in front of me recently and every time I think I’ve worked around, there he is again laughing in my face.

After adding a few new editorial cartoonists, changes to the design of the paper and things moving forward rather smoothly, guess who shows up?

Mr. Murphy.

One reporter left. Two copy desk people call it quits and a new agreement with the Associated Press gives us the Kansas City wheat futures but no corn futures.

You have got to be kidding me!

Murphy has a way of showing his ugly face at all the wrong times. The car breaks down, corn prices fall, the kids get sick ... the list can be endless. He is heartless and could care less about all the things going on in your life.

The reporter was easy to replace. A call to a long time co-worker and an excellent local reporter, Jerry Purvis, and the reporter position was filled. Jerry brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Star-Herald.

The copy editor positions were also quickly filled, one by a local young lady, Brook Foreman, and second by a person from outside the area. Brook started right away, while the other young lady should be starting within a week.

So Murphy threw us for a loop, but we were able to stay on our feet. However, the corn futures are a different story. The angry old man still has us up against the ropes, but we are refusing to give up and allow him the satisfaction of victory. A call is in to the AP and I am confident our corn futures will return.

Take it from someone who has battled old Murphy time and time again, you may give up some ground and lose a battle now and again but you can still win the war. The key is to never, ever give up.

Once you put your hand to the plow, you can’t look back. Keep fighting.

When you manage to get ahead of old Murphy, and I am confident we will do just that, take a moment to take a deep breath, look back, rejoice then get ready for the ugly old man to show back up. He will, but as long as he doesn’t kill you, he can only act as a thorn in your side. A thorn you can learn from, thus making you stronger.

So instead of hating old Murphy and his always right law, embrace him and learn to work through the many challenges he brings across our path.

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