The Official Rules: More than 5,427 Principles, Laws, Axioms and Observations for Survival in the Balance of the 21st Century

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This new, vastly expanded and enriched version of The Official Rules presents precisely 5,427 laws, principles, rules, proverbs, and aphorisms collected by Paul Dickson and the esteemed Fellows of the Murphy Center for the Codification of Human and Organizational Law. This often amusing, sometimes profound, collection of "official rules" was gathered one rule at a time over more than forty years from pundits, prophets, and everyday folks. It provides a means of coping in a world of human error and foibles where ...

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This new, vastly expanded and enriched version of The Official Rules presents precisely 5,427 laws, principles, rules, proverbs, and aphorisms collected by Paul Dickson and the esteemed Fellows of the Murphy Center for the Codification of Human and Organizational Law. This often amusing, sometimes profound, collection of "official rules" was gathered one rule at a time over more than forty years from pundits, prophets, and everyday folks. It provides a means of coping in a world of human error and foibles where nothing is ever as simple as it seems, everything takes longer than expected, and inanimate objects possess an innate perversity. In sum it is rich testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit in facing the pitfalls and potholes of modern life. Though the vast majority of these life lessons were gathered in the 20th century, they are still timely and concise enough to fit inside the framework of a tweet. Recognizing the humor in adversity, these comic truths encourage acceptance of life's little imperfections. For example, Agnes Allen's timeless law: Almost anything is easier to get into than out of.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780486482101
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 5/15/2013
  • Series: Dover Humor Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Paul Dickson and his growing list of colleagues from ┬┐The Mu





    Paul Dickson and his growing list of colleagues from “The Murphy Center” (as in Murphy’s Law) have been assembling and publishing various versions of “The Official Rules” for more than thirty years. This 2013 Dover edition is the latest, greatest, and most authoritative collection. It includes a mix of those “rules of life and the universe” which are well-established in science (Moore’s Law in computers), known by name in modern culture (such as the Peter Principle), well known but not previously named (Crane’s Law: “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” derived from a 1959 book), and many which are lesser known but just as true (for example, Jan’s Measure, “there’s an ounce of truth in every pound of lie.”) Some of them are just plain funny (Jones’ Maxim, “a man on his high horse should enter his horse into rehab “), while others comprise smart advice from unexpected sources (i.e. Hellmann’s Principle, “keep cool but do not freeze,” which is surely as good a piece of advice for life in general as it is for its original intent, the storage of mayonnaise). This collection is indispensable reading- you might put it down from time to time, but are guaranteed to pick it back up, turn to another page, and either laugh, smile, or knowingly nod and murmur “aaah, so true.” In fact, after reading through it, you will soon be- at least to yourself- reminded of the appropriate aphorisms in everyday situations, and quoting them to friends and family. Highly recommended!

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