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Murphy’s Law – How I (almost) met your mother

It was announced yesterday that CBS and 20th Century Fox Television have finalized a deal to bring back How I Met Your Mother back for a ninth and final season. Joel Murphy is nonplussed about the news, since he admits to only sticking with the show this

Murphy’s Law – Catfishin’

According to Urban Dictionary: "A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances." Thanks to the documentary and TV show by Nev Schulman and the bizarre Manti T'eo saga,

Murphy’s Law – My castle on a cloud

Listening to Isabelle Allen sing “Castle on a Cloud” during the Les Misérables screening this week, Joel Murphy was instantly transported back to the first time he heard the song. In middle school during an assembly, one of Murphy's classmates got up in front of everyone and

Murphy’s Law – An Orwellian future, brought to you by Verizon

George Orwell's 1984 speaks of a dystopian future where Big Brother monitors its citizens every move, quickly stamping out any dissent. While most readers found this story to be a chilling precautionary tale about government overreaching, employees at Verizon have apparently found inspiration in the book's surveillance

Murphy’s Law – Santa’s sidekicks

Last year, Joel Murphy wrote about Krampus and Zwarte Piet, two of Santa Claus' international sidekicks who help keep wicked children in line. This year, Murphy's back with three more of Santa's sidekicks - Le Père Fouettard, Belsnickel and Knecht Ruprecht - who do everything from scaring

Murphy’s Law – A world without Twinkies

With Hostess' bankruptcy and employee strikes, things look bleak for Twinkies and their other delicious snack cakes. Joel Murphy looks at the cultural impact of Twinkies and shares his thoughts on the company's possible demise in this week's column.

Murphy’s Law – Why can’t we be friends?

Our long national nightmare is over. After a barrage of attack ads and posturing on both sides of the aisle, the Presidential election is finally behind us. Today, Joel Murphy calls for us all to come together as a nation and ... add each other back on

Murphy’s Law – Five suggestions for Star Wars VII

Part of the fun of the Disney-Lucasfilms Ltd. merger is that it's giving everyone a chance to fantasize about what they would do with Star Wars: Episode VII. Today, Joel Murphy weighs in with five things he would do to make the next film a truly memorable

Murphy’s Law – The Lance Armstrong lesson

Lance Armstrong's very public fall from grace can teach us all something about hero worship, sports and life in general. Probably. At least, it seems like there should be a lesson there, right? Joel Murphy looks at the whole Lance Armstrong debacle and looks for the lesson