Murphy’s law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Nowhere is this law more abundantly evident than in the life of a scientist. Here are just a few of the examples that I’ve witnessed:
- if you drop one tube from the whole rack, it will be the one that contained your most important sample.
- if you’ve forgotten your key to the lab, it will be the one day that everyone else is off.
- if you have just reorganized the -80°C freezer, there will be a power outage that weekend.
- if you misspell one word in the final, ready-for-publication manuscript, it will be your name.
- if the projector suddenly displays everything in a vivid shade of red, it will be directly before your committee meeting.
- if you’ve just taken a huge bite of your bagel, the judges will be showing up to talk about your poster.
- if you need that sterile media today, the autoclave will malfunction and lock your flasks inside.
- if you take five minutes out of a busy day to check your email, that will be the moment that your PI walks in to see what you’re doing.
How have your experiences confirmed Murphy’s Law in science?