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No doubt you’re familiar with Murphy’s Law, which dictates “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” The Law has evolved a bit since it was first uttered, but the true story of the origin of Murphy’s Law is a fascinating one, involving crash-testing scientists, Chuck Yeager, a rocket sled, and the fastest man on Earth: John Paul Stapp.

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“632 miles per hour broke the land speed record, making Stapp the fastest man on earth. And 46.2 G’s was the most any human being had ever willingly experienced. Prior to the test Nichols had real doubts about whether it was actually survivable. It turned out it was, although Stapp paid a severe penalty. He suffered a complete red out. “His eyes had hemorrhaged and were completely filled with blood,” Nichols remembers, his voice cracking. “It was horrible. Absolutely horrible.” The image of Stapp’s crimson visage haunts Nichols to this day.”

The story of Murphy’s Law: The Fastest Man on Earth