Protect Your Paper from Murphey’s Law

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Everyone is familiar with Murphy’s Law.  Even if you have never heard of it, you have definitely experienced it.  Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.  Now, Murphy’s Law is by no means a scientifically, or even a mathematically tested theory like the theory of gravity. Though it is an application of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Murphy’s Law is more of an expression of frustration than a verifiable fact.   However, where science breaks down, experience holds true.  We’ve all seen Murphy’s Law in action.  You’ve been subjected to it yourself countless times.

Ever have something like this happen to you? Someone crashes into a telephone pole in the middle of the night, thereby causing the power to fail for your entire street.  Because of the blackout, your alarm doesn’t ring, so naturally you wake up late.  Somehow the ironing was forgotten, so you’re your shirts are wrinkly.  You are too late to care, so you throw on a dirty shirt, grab your coffee, and rush out the door.  Because you are being so hasty, you dump your coffee in your car, which incidentally refuses to start.  You plead, beg, and yell at the steering wheel but to no avail.  Finally you give up on your car and somehow find a different ride to work.   At a much later point than you planned, you drag yourself into work (without the lunch that is sitting in the refrigerator, forgotten), only to realize today is, in fact, a holiday.

No one really knows when Murphy’s Law was first coined, but the current rendition has been attributed to Edward Murphy, an aerospace engineer who worked on safety systems.  Allegedly, Murphy uttered the words in response to a failed test of one of his experimental safety systems.  According to fellow workers, Murphy blamed the failure, which was caused by faulty wiring, on his assistant.  Murphy is reported to have said something like “If that guy has any way of making a mistake, he will.”  However, Murphy’s son, among others, disputes the above interpretation.  According to his son, Edward Murphy quoted the law frequently in support of defensive designing against risks.  Whatever its origins, Murphy’s Law is a favorite saying of engineers and others who operate on slim margins for failure.

“It pays to be prepared,” is probably a better way to state Murphy’s Law. Highly successful people and companies plan ahead.  No one and no thing is immune to disaster.  Paper documents are some of the most vulnerable objects on the planet.  Think about it, what is easier to burn, soak, tear, rip, wrinkle, blow away, fade or lose than paper?  Now think about how valuable paper can be.  We put personal information on paper, we print money on it, we print checks on it, and the list goes on.  If something so valuable is so vulnerable, wouldn’t it pay to protect it?  Tarheel Imaging and Microfilming can help you do that.

We offer shredding, scanning and microfilming services so that you will never have to worry about Murphy taking advantage of your documents again.  We can perform one, or all three services for you.  If you really want your data locked up tight, have us first scan the data so that it is electronically documented, then make sure we microfilm it, just in case the computer system crashes, and finally request that we shred anything that needs to be discarded.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention: any paper you can’t throw away, we are more than happy to secure in our state-of-the-art warehousing system.  Did you read that long list of things that can happen to paper?  Murphy says that if they can happen, they will.  Don’t let them happen.  Call us today and we will give you a free quote.