A quiz about eponymous laws — those that are named after someone.
- Mike Godwin observed in 1990 that as a Usenet discussion grows longer, someone will eventually make an analogy that invokes one of two proper nouns. Name those words for a half point each.
- What critic gave his name to this law: a work “is not about what it is about. It is about how it is about it.”
- What two variables have an inversely proportional relationship when you’re describing a fixed quantity of an ideal gas at a constant temperature, according to Boyle’s Law? Half point each.
- Hanlon’s Razor cautions that you should never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by what?
- According to Betteridge’s Law of Headlines, any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered with what word?
- Clarke’s Third Law and Niven’s Law are complementary observations that what two phenomena are indistinguishable from each other?
- If you apply Dolbear’s law, you can figure out how warm it is by using the behavior of what insect?
- What American journalist, known as the Sage of Baltimore, is sometimes credited with the law “Those who can, do. Those who can’t do, teach”?
- Brooks’ Law observes that adding additional people to work on a late software project only makes it later. In an often quoted analogy, Brooks noted that nine women cannot do what specific project?
- According to Hofstadter’s Law, coined in the book Gödel Escher Bach, “it always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account” what?