Some examples of “bad fortune will be tailored to the individual”:
- Ludwig van Beethoven’s loss of hearing – loss of hearing is bad fortune for anyone, but it is Sod’s Law that it would happen to a famous composer.
- Adolph Coors III, who was allergic to beer, was the heir to the Coors beer empire – being allergic to beer is bad fortune for anyone (debatable!), but it is Sod’s Law that someone allergic to beer would inherit a beer empire.
And yes, there’s a mathematical formula for Sod’s Law:
Five factors – urgency (U), complexity (C), importance (I), skill (S) and frequency (F) – have to be applied to a task or an event, and each scored between 0 and 9. A sixth, aggravation (A), was set at 0.7 by the boffins after their poll of 1,000 people. Calculating ((U+C+I) x (10-S))/20 x A x 1/(1-sin(F/10)) enables you to score a Sod’s Law probability on a scale of 0 to 8.6, with higher numbers making it more likely that bad luck is right around the corner.