Edward A. Murphy, Jr. was born in 1917. Murphy was an engineer on rocket-sled experiments performed by the United States Air Force in 1949 to test human tolerance of acceleration.

Murphy made his particular analysis of causal events involved in the experiments after one of the tests went awry due to someone cleverly attaching sensors to a test subject incorrectly. What he said was, "If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it."  The test subject, Major John Paul Stapp, later quoted him at a news conference.

Most people know of Murphy's law as "anything that can go wrong, will". This is also another acolyte's pronouncement (commonly attributed to Larry Niven), but Murphy gets credit anyway.

Larry Niven, popular Science Fiction author who has written a number of books. He included references to a deity who was a lot like Thwog. His writings include a set of asteroid miners who idly worship the odd diety Finagle. Finagle's Law of Dynamic Negatives is the quote most described as Murphy's Law. This is the quote "anything that can go wrong, will".

Laurence J. Peter, (1910-1990, Canadian Teacher & Writer) in 1969 published the book The Peter Principle, or Why Things Go Wrong. Peter postulated a very pragmatic observation he applied to business management. The Peter Principle states "in a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their level of incompetence."

This observation was applied mostly to business organizations, however it certainly fits Thwogist theology as well, since after all, what higher level of incompetence can an entity fill than Thwog's?

Steve Krolak, systems consultant, postulated Thwog's existance specifically, sketching out only the most minimal details published here. Said to still be in New York somewhere. Mr. Krolak originally tied the concept Thwog was incompetent to all His other known attributes and thus explained all quite by accident ("Thwog means well... and still screws up."), showing Mr. Krolak's own aptitude for stumbling into things and general klutziness. Steve has no doubt been blessed by Thwog for his effort and good intentions.

Cyril Northcote Parkinson, a little known economist who said "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion". Little more need explain itself other than what so obviously fills Thwog's time than to work harder to correct the blunders He has already made?

Werner Heisenberg, is attributed to have penned "The better you know the amount of ill luck that will strike you, the worse you know when this will happen." and also, "Whether things can go wrong or not, it depends on your frame of reference." Basically this interprets to mean it doesn't matter what your frame of reference, things will go wrong anyway. Showing an ultimately direct connection to Thwog since it shows Thwog is everywhere and always screwing up everything.

Erma Bombeck, who said " Anything dropped in the bathroom will fall in the toilet".   Clearly this ties directly to Thwog if anything does.

O'Toole, who has never been completely identified, who says "Murphy was an optimist."

There is a whole horde of further little aphorisms and quotes showing similar observations. The single most obvious detail is that the incompetence of Thwog is so observable in day to day life that thousands of people recognize his hand in everything they do or see. It is commonplace to find a set of Murphy's Laws in use with many different applications. Anything from toast always landing butter side down (unless somehow it will cause something else to go wrong in worse ways) to no clothing designer ever getting sizing the same.

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