Colonel Stapp's favorite takeoff on sober scientific laws — Murphy's Law, Stapp calls it — 'Everything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong'
Fifteen minutes out of Mexico City for Tokyo a passenger aboard a 747 screamed that he was being eaten by red-hot ants, and managed to open the emergency door at 23,000 feet. He had been to the washroom and drunk from the faucet there before takeoff. It was, after all, labeled DRINKING WATER.john brunner
Not greatly to my surprise indeed I predicted it the satellite crashed on take-off because the last thing they [NASA] want is real world hard data.christopher monckton
Colonel Stapp's favorite takeoff on sober scientific laws Murphy's Law, Stapp calls it 'Everything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong'
I don't care to be involved in the crash-landing unless I can be in on the take-off.
Other people snap up the riskless profits pretty fast and bid the price of calculable risk opportunities to near their fair values. Things get a lot less crowded if you go for the incalculable risks, leaps of faith that cannot be inspected carefully before takeoff. So that is where you find extraordinary opportunities.aaron c. brown