News From the Physics Frontier: Murphy's Law Proven with Quantum Mechanics -------------------------------------------- In a startling new development in the field of physics, U.C. Berkeley professor Erwin Brodinger claims to have proven the validity of Murphy's Law--the "law" which states that anything that can go wrong will do so, and at the worst possible moment--with quantum mechanics. "I won't go into the details," said Brodinger, "because it'd take you 50 years to understand them (if you're lucky). Suffice it to say that computer simulation has shown that, given the universe's most probable configuration, the quantum mechanical state corresponding to an intelligent being saying 'Holy shit! I'm FUCKED!' in its native language happens to be an extremely likely one. This is just one of several theoretical predictions I've worked out which show the vailidity of Murphy's Law." Perhaps the most significant of these other predictions is what has become known the the physics community as the paradox of Brodinger's Dog. "Basically, the idea behind Brodinger's Dog is that when a poodle takes a dump, the resulting doodie isn't really here, there, or anywhere in particular. It's in a quantum-mechanical superposition of locations, smeared out exponentially over a 10-foot or so radius-- until, that is, an observer steps into the general vicinity. Then, and only then, does it decide where it really is. As it turns out, unfortunately, 97.4% of the time it decides it's right under the observer's foot." Does this only hold for poodles? "Well, while doing the calculations, I made a minor simplification: in the models I used, the dog was assumed to be about half the size of an atomic nucleus. While I'm positive this assumption wouldn't prevent my results from applying to small dogs, I'm not sure about really big dogs, like, say, German Shepherds." In collaboration with another Berkeley professor, Wiener Heifenburg, Brodinger also helped to formulate the Heifenberg Certainty Principle, which is stated as follows: the certainty that you are about to make an incredibly stupid and embarrassing mistake is directly proportional to the total importance of the people currently watching you. Brodinger says his work was inspired by an instance last summer in which he was maimed by a pack of rabid platypuses marauding the south side of campus. "Right before a hot date I had that night, too," the professor sighed.
(From the "Rest" of RHF)