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Cut & Paste Random Quote display
Credit: Tomer and Yehuda Shiran
Revised by George to display message in text box, instead of alert.

Description: This script will display a random message each time a visitor visits this page.

Example: Please reload to see changes.

Directions: Simply cut and paste the whole thing into the <body> tags of your page. Be sure to change the messages, if you want.

<form name="random"><input type="text" name="random" size=78 value=""></form>
// Copyright 1996 - Tomer and Yehuda Shiran
// This example will appear in our forthcoming book on JavaScript.
// Feel free to "steal" this code provided that you leave this notice as is.
// Additional examples from the book can be found at //
// For more information contact Tomer or Yehuda Shiran <>

function getMessage() {
// create array of murphy laws
var ar = new Array(20)
ar[0] = "Nothing is as easy as it looks."
ar[1] = "Everything takes longer than you think."
ar[2] = "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
ar[3] = "If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong."
ar[4] = "If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then."
ar[5] = "If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway."
ar[6] = "If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop."
ar[7] = "Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse."
ar[8] = "If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something."
ar[9] = "Nature always sides with the hidden flaw."
ar[10] = "Mother nature is a bitch."
ar[11] = "It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious."
ar[12] = "Whenever you set out to do something, something else must be done first."
ar[13] = "Every solution breeds new problems."
ar[14] = "Trust everybody ... then cut the cards."
ar[15] = "Two wrongs are only the beginning."
ar[16] = "If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried."
ar[17] = "To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles."
ar[18] = "Exceptions prove the rule ... and wreck the budget."
ar[19] = "Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view."

var now = new Date()
var sec = now.getSeconds()
document.random.random.value="Murphy's Law: " + ar[sec % 20]

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