Mathematicians have now come up with a rule for predicting the law of â€œanything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. They say the formula allows people to calculate the chances of Murphyâ€™s law (or Sodâ€™s law as it is also know) - and to even try and beat the bad luck.
Previous studies have found the law is not a myth, but this is the first time a formula has been calculated.
Project psychologist Dr David Lewis said: â€œThe lesson from this is that, to cut the seemingly unbeatable Murphyâ€™s Law gremlins down to size you need to change one of the elements in the equation.
â€œSo, if you havenâ€™t got the skill to do something important, leave it alone. If something is urgent or complex, find a simple way to do it. If something going wrong will particularly aggravate you, make certain you know how to do it.â€?
But he added a note of caution: â€œThere is, of course, a Sodâ€™s Law factor to the equation. If you judge your ratings wrongly, you might become too optimistic - and calamity will strike.â€?
Newspaper articles have provided the formula, however Iâ€™ve made this simpler for you by creating an online calculator for Murphyâ€™s law - enjoy!