One of Murphy's most famous sayings is, “If anything can go wrong, it will." (Photo: iStock)

One doesn’t hear often about the famous “Murphy” whose law gives employment to folks like insurance adjusters. It said, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the most inconvenient moment.” I once described my risk management job as “food services,” dealing with pickles and jams. Any and every type of calamity that can strike a corporation will, at some point.

My favorite corollary is: “The more expensive the tie, the sooner you’ll get spaghetti on it.” There are others: “If it’s new, expect something to break before long, but after the warranty has expired.”

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