Top 10 Eponymous Laws

Eponymous laws are laws named after someone and are based on observations of phenomena. Some are very useful to know.

Here are the top ten most useful eponymous laws:

I.

Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no’.
-Betteridge’s Law of Headlines

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II.

The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question; it’s to post the the wrong answer.
-Cunningham’s Law 

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III.

When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.
-Goodhart’s Law

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IV.

It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.
-Hofstadter’s Law

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V.

 If anything can go wrong, it will.
-Murphy’s Law

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VI.

The simplest answer is most often correct.
-Occam’s Razor

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VII.

80% of effects comes from 20% of the causes.
-Pareto Principle

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VIII.

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
-Parkinson’s Law

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IX.

In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.
-Peter Principle

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X.

90% of everything is crud.
-Sturgeon’s law

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What are some of your favorite eponymous laws?

 

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