THE OFFICIAL RULES by Paul Dickson

THE OFFICIAL RULES

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Remember Parkinson's Law, The Peter Principle, (Galbraith's) The McLandress Dimension? Dickson has collected these and other catchy universals, like Ettorre's Observation (""The other line moves faster"") or Nelson Algren's Precepts: ""Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never play cards with a man named Doc. And never lie down with a woman who's got more troubles than you."" Some are less familiar but instantly verifiable, such as Dibble's First Law of Sociology (""Some do, some don't""). Every once in a while, Dickson sneaks in a real jab (Nixon's Principle--""If two wrongs don't make a right, try three""), or a low blow (Cole's Law--""Thinly sliced cabbage""). But for the most part, he's found the immutables. ""If all economists were laid end to end, they still wouldn't reach a conclusion."" Or that old Army Law: ""If it moves, salute: if it doesn't move, pick it up; and if you can't pick it up, paint it."" What does it all add up to? According to Abbott's Admonition, ""If you have to ask, you're not entitled to know.

Pub Date: Nov. 27th, 1978
Publisher: Delacorte