Sturgeon’s Law

Ninety Per­cent Of Every­thing Is Crap


Derived from a quote by sci­ence fic­tion author Theodore Stur­geon, who once said, “Sure, 90% of sci­ence fic­tion is crud. That’s because 90% of every­thing is crud.” Oddly, when Sturgeon’s Law is cited, the final word is almost invari­ably changed to ‘crap’.

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Folding Bucket

I went to the Patent Office try­ing to reg­is­ter some of my inventions.

I went to the main desk to sign in and the lady at the desk had a form that had to be filled out. She wrote down my per­sonal info and then asked me what I had invented.

I said, “A fold­ing bottle.”

She said, “Okay, what do you call it?”

A Fot­tle.”

What else do you have?”

A fold­ing car­ton.” “What do you call it?”

A Far­ton.”

She snig­gered and said, “Those are silly names for prod­ucts and one of them sounds kind of crude.”

I was so upset by her com­ment that I grabbed the form and left the office with­out even telling her about my fold­ing bucket.

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