"Murphy's Laws" and the Harvard Speculative Society

Mike Salovesh t20mxs1 at CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Tue Jun 22 03:08:23 UTC 1999

"Bruce K. Dykes" wrote:

> When Theodore Sturgeon helmed one of the SF mags, he created Sturgeon's Law:
> 90% of SF is crap.
> It was later amended to:
> 90% of everything is crap.
> Bruce

Shortly after its magazine publication, I published three lemmas to
Sturgeon's Law in some ephemeral source I have long since forgotten.  I
have remembered them through frequent self-referential citation:

Lemma   I: It ain't 90, it's 99.
Lemma  II: Crap is too delicate a euphemism.  (I must    admit that the
original Lemma II was considerably more      explicit. I was much
younger then.)
Lemma III: The remaining 1% is all that makes life worth living.  It is
more than adequate for the job.

--  mike salovesh             <salovesh at niu.edu>        PEACE !!!

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