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Fairfax's Law: Any facts which, when included in the argument, give the desired result, are fair facts for the argument.

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Law of Late-Comers: Those who have the shortest distance to travel invariably arrive latest.

Cook's Law: Much work, much food; little work, little food; no work, burial at sea.

Rangnekar's Modified Rules Concerning Decisions:
If you must make a decision, delay it.
If you can authorize someone else to avoid a decision, do so.
If you can form a committee, have them avoid the decision.
If you can otherwise avoid a decision, avoid it immediately.

Corry's Law: Paper is always strongest at the perforations.

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Wilcox's Law: A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the pants.

Williams and Holland's Law: If enough data is collected, anything may be proven by statistical methods.

Will's Rule of Informed Citizenship: If you want to understand your government, don't begin by reading the Constitution. (It conveys precious little of the flavor of today's statecraft.) Instead read selected portions of the Washington telephone directory containing listings for all the organizations with titles beginning with the word "National".

Flip Wilson's Law: You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put a few nickles in the machine.

Wilson's Law of Demographics: The public is not made up of people who get their names in the newspapers.

Wingo's Axiom: All Finagle Laws may be bypassed by learning the simple art of doing without thinking.

First Law of Wing-Walking: Never leave hold of what you've got until you've got hold of something else.

Witten's Law: Whenever you cut your fingernails, you will find a need for them an hour later.

Wober's SNIDE Rule (Satisfied Needs Incite Demand Excesses): Ideal goals grow faster than the means of attaining new goals allow.

Wolf's Law (An Optimistic View of a Pessimistic World): It isn't that things will necessarily go wrong (Murphy's Law), but rather that they will take so much more time and effort than you think if they are not to go wrong.

Wolf's Law of Decision-Making: Major actions are rarely decided by more than four people. If you think a larger meeting you're attending is really "hammering out" a decision, you're probably wrong. Either the decision was agreed to by a smaller group before the meeting began, or the outcome of the larger meeting will be modified later when three or four people get together.

Wolf's Law of History Lessons: Those who don't study the past will repeat its errors. Those who do study it will find other ways to err.

Wolf's Law of Management: The tasks to do immediately are the minor ones; otherwise, you'll forget them. The major ones are often better to defer. They usually need more time for reflection. Besides, if you forget them, they'll remind you.

Wolf's Law of Meetings: The only important result of a meeting is agreement about next steps.

Wolf's Law of Planning: A good place to start from is where you are.

Wolf's Law of Tactics: If you can't beat them, have them join you.

Woltman's Law: Never program and drink beer at the same time.

Woman's Equation: Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.

Wood's Law: The more unworkable the urban plan, the greater the probability of implementation.

Woods's Incomplete Maxims:

All's well that ends.
A penny saved is a penny.
Don't leave things unfinishe

Woods's Laws of Procrastination:
Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.
Procrastinate today! (Tomorrow may be too late.)
NOW is the time to do things later!
If at first you don't succeed, why try again?

Woodward's Law: A theory is better than an explanation.

Worker's Dilemma Law (Management's Put-Down Law):
No matter how much you do, you'll never do enough.
What you don't do is always more important than what you do do.

Wynne's Law: Negative slack tends to increase.

Wyszkowski's Theorem: Regardless of the units used by either the supplier or the customer, the manufacturer shall use his own arbitrary units convertible to those of either the supplier or the customer only by means of weird and unnatural conversion factors.

Wyszowski's First Law: No experiment is reproducible.

Wyszkowski's Second Law: Anything can be made to work if you fiddle with it long enough.

Yapp's Basic Fact: If a thing cannot be fitted into something smaller than itself, some dope will do it.

Yolen's Guide for Self-Praise: Proclaim yourself "World Champ" of something -- tiddly-winks, rope- jumping, whatever -- send this notice to newspapers, radio, TV, and wait for challengers to confront you. Avoid challenges as long as possible, but continue to send news of your achievements to all media. Also, develop a newsletter and letterhead for communications.

Young's Handy Guide to the Modern Sciences: If it is green or it wiggles -- it is Biology. If it stinks -- it is Chemistry. If it doesn't work -- it is Physics.

Young's Law: All great discoveries are made by mistake.
Corollary: The greater the funding, the longer it takes to make the mistake.

Zellar's Law: Every newspaper, no matter how tight the news hole, has room for a story on another newspaper increasing its newsstand price.

Zimmerman's Law: Regardless of whether a mission expands or contracts, administrative overhead continues to grow at a steady rate.

Zimmerman's Law of Complaints: Nobody notices when things go right.

Zusmann's Rule: A successful symposium depends on the ratio of meeting to eating.

Zymurgy's First Law of Evolving System Dynamics: Once you open a can of worms, the only way to recan them is to use a larger can. (Old worms never die, they just worm their way into larger cans.)

Zymurgy's Seventh Exception to Murphy's Laws: When it rains, it pours.

Zymurgy's Law of Volunteer Labour: People are always available for work in the past tense.

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