Heavens to Murphy... Like that term? <g>
Eventually all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.
As anyone knows who has perused Cyclopedias, the term "Murphy" is not very
specific for anything. It was used by Standard Railway Equipment to denote
a whole slew of roof designs, some quite different from each other, as well
as a couple of different end designs. As far as Richard Hendrickson and I
have ever been able to determine, the term refers back to an invention of
interlocking metal parts which made the combination water-tight, or
approximately so. Thus the term could be applied to any component which employed
that arrangement. One supposes that "Murphy" refers to the inventor, rather
than to the well-known "Murphy's Law." <g>
If someone on the list knows more, I'd like to hear it.
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