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It's the Law!

written by: sundance
Don't run away! These are not laws to keep you on the straight and narrow path of virtue, but clever ideas that explain how things and people work, or more likely don't work!

Question 1:

This law says that if things can go wrong, they jolly well will!
Murphy's Law
O' Leary's Law
O' Toole's Law
Paddy's Law

Question 2:

If you're a 'butterfingers' and in your haste to get started on the daily chores you drop your breakfast toast, is it more likely to fall with butter side down?

Question 3:

'In every hierarchy each employee tends to rise to the level of his or her incompetence.' What name do we give to this phenomenon?
The Matthew Principle
The Peter Principle
The William Principle
The Johnson Principle

Question 4:

In the sophisticated industry of integrated circuits, what does Moore's Law say?
The rate of technological progress is bound to slow down in the not too distant future.
Progress will accelerate sharply over the next ten years and then come to a juddering halt.
Progress will continue at a steady rate indefinitely.
The rate of advance will continue to double approximately every 18 months.

Question 5:

'There is always an easy answer to every human problem - neat, plausible and wrong.' What sharp and witty American writer made this observation?
Henry James
Louisa May Alcott
H.L. Mencken
James Fenimore Cooper

Question 6:

This is a ground-breaking law of linguistics first formulated in 1822. It highlights in a most intriguing way how European languages may have evolved since ancient times.
Kissinger's Law
Einstein's Law
Grimm's Law
Schwarzenegger's Law

Question 7:

'Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.' Under what name is this law known?
Robinson's Law
Patterson's Law
Parkinson's Law
Atkinson's Law

Question 8:

You've been working on a job for quite a while and achieved a lot. But now fatigue has set in and you find that despite your best efforts, you're no longer getting the same high level of results. This effect is neatly expressed in which law?
The law of falling returns
The law of deteriorating returns
The law of diminishing returns
The law of declining returns

Question 9:

In certain situations humans find themselves locked in a pitiless struggle for survival one against another, reflecting life in the natural world 'red in tooth and claw'. We call this 'The Law of the ______.”  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 10:

Political leaders all too often engage in misguided undertakings in the hope of recapturing popular support. Not infrequently this backfires and popularity ratings tumble. This is a simple example of which of the following laws?
The law of just desserts
The law of illogical reasoning
The law of unintended consequences
The law of divine retribution


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