The Official Rules at Home: The Laws That Determine What Can, and Probably Will, Go Awry in Your Daily Life

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If there is one Official Rule that reigns supreme at home, it's Gumperson's Law:"The probability of anything happening is in inverse ratio to its desireability." It's a universal phenomenon you probably know all too well. From car repair to home improvement, houseplant morbidity to in-law management, Dickson offers a delightful compendium of maxims and bylaws guaranteed to help you make sense of the chaos of home life. This book offers the kind of insight that could save you ...
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Overview

If there is one Official Rule that reigns supreme at home, it's Gumperson's Law:"The probability of anything happening is in inverse ratio to its desireability." It's a universal phenomenon you probably know all too well. From car repair to home improvement, houseplant morbidity to in-law management, Dickson offers a delightful compendium of maxims and bylaws guaranteed to help you make sense of the chaos of home life. This book offers the kind of insight that could save you thousands in therapy. Good Read!
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ever since 1976, when he founded the Murphy Center for the Codification of Human and Organizational Law, headquartered in Maryland, Paul Dickson has been gathering uncommon aphorisms and snippets of unconventional wisdom conceived by curmudgeons such as himself: everyday folk as well as such notables, dead and alive, as Andy Rooney, George Burns and Roger Rosenblatt. The results of so many years' intense labor launch a series of collections, published by Walker, the first two of which are ($12.95 each): The Official Rules at Home (ISBN 0-8027-1316-5) and The Official Rules at Work (ISBN -1317-3). A few examples: "You don't know someone until you live with him, but you don't know him well until you divorce him"; "Read too much self-help literature and you'll need help"; "You can't climb a mountain from inside your tent." Diaghilev used a bicycle as a prominent prop in a 1920s production by his Ballet Russe; Robert Rauschenberg's 1993 sculpture BicycloidIII (in a series of 12) is fitted with colored neon lights tracing the bike's contours: such is the artistry found in the 280 color illustrations in Pryor Dodge's The Bicycle, which serves as the catalogue for an exhibit of his antique bicycles, posters, prints and memorabilia at the Paine Webber Art Gallery in Manhattan, May 2-October 4. The author/collector is a classical musician, an aspiring Argentine tango dancer and the editor of writings by his father, music critic Roger Pryor Dodge. (Flammarion, $50 224p ISBN 2-08013-551-1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760754573
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Official Rules Series
  • Pages: 122
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 7.12 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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If there is one Official Rule that reigns supreme at home, it's Gumperson's Law: "The probability of anything happening is an universal ratio to its desirability." It's a universal phenomenon you probably know all too well. From car repair to home improvement, houseplant morbidity to in-law management, Paul Dickson offers a delightful compendium of maxims and bylaws guaranteed to help you make sense of the chaos of home life. Have you ever experienced the following? · Rosenbaum's Rule. The Easiest Way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement. · Sprehe's Discovery. How to locate the slow-moving traffic lane or checkout line: Get in it. · Hood's Employment Rules. Never hire a plumber who wears rubber boats or an electrician who has scorched eyebrows. For much more of this wisdom, read on. The Official Rules at Home offers the kind of insight that could save you thousands in therapy.
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