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28th Jul 2006, 16:33

link (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/5223546.stm):=

28th Jul 2006, 16:56
Err, isn't that what used to be known as "Murphy's Law?" :ugh:

28th Jul 2006, 17:55
Incorrectly, yes, but the law was first proposed by Professor Hermann T. Sodde (note correct spelling) of Frankfurt Medical University.

He noted it's effect in several areas:

Demonstrating a simple technique to someone else automatically makes it impossible
Although little people can get into big theatre shirts, and big people can’t get into little theatre shirts, there are always twice as many little shirts as big shirts in the changing room
The more attractive the accompanying nurse, the longer induction takes
The chance of getting the needle in the vein first time is inversely proportional to the importance of the patient
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a technique for transferring myocardial ischaemia from the patient to the anaesthetistMy thanks to a good friend in Peterborough District Hospital for the detail, as taught in his first year of MedSchool!

28th Jul 2006, 18:58
Err, isn't that what used to be known as "Murphy's Law?" :ugh:
Are you implying that Murphy was a Sod? Or that Sodde was Irish?


Mercenary Pilot
28th Jul 2006, 19:27
Bit of a mistake me thinks.

What was originally posted was definitely Murphy’s Law.

There's only one rule to Sods Law and that is…..

"Murphy was an optimist" ;)

28th Jul 2006, 22:06
I originally heard this law in the late 50s. At the time it was called Finagle's law and it was stated as "The converse of a welcome probability invariably occurs at such a time as to cause maxumum frustration of the aim". As an example, when one is trying, from a stop sign, to turn into opposite lane traffic, the small group of vehicles in the opposite lane that covers the 1 available gap in near lane traffic is known as Finagle's cluster. If the same function is performed by a pedestrian, the pedestrian is likely Finagle himself.

After an excellent landing you can use the airplane again!