At the end of it, one chap asked me to open the garage door and as he passed the narrow space between the vehicle parked in the driveway and the garage door, his fancy pants, with pockets at the knees, caught the edge of the license plate and broke it off.
Then he started blaming the pants!
I have always wondered about the Snagging Coefficient of the Universe (SCotU). I feel it's quite high as otherwise the concept of karma would be quite difficult to implement. So i wasn't really hassled by the breakage, as it was yet another vindication of this thought. But the guy's attitude of not taking responsibility was a bit sad.
Anyway, the next time you are carrying a laptop bag by its short handles, leaving the long one trailing close to the ground, just watch out for this SCotU funda in action ;-)
The Incredible Design of the Earth and Our Solar System has some interesting points in the context of SCotU, one within the solar system:
The need for Jupiter-sized planets at 5 AU from its starand the other within our Milky Way galaxy:
Despite having been responsible for the shower of meteors that pelted the early earth, Jupiter is now our great protector and is responsible for collecting and ejecting a large proportion of the comets that enter into orbit around the Sun (e.g., comet Shoemaker-Levy). Without Jupiter life on Earth at this time would be difficult or impossible due to the large number of cometary collisions (approximately 1,000-10,000 times more collisions) with the Earth,
Unique location in our galaxy - co-rotation radius
Typically, the stars in our galaxy orbit the center of the galaxy at a rate that differs from the rate of the trailing spiral arms. Thus, most stars located between spiral arms do not remain there for long, but would eventually be swept inside a spiral arm. Only at a certain precise distance from the galaxy’s center, the "co-rotation radius", can a star remain in its place between two spiral arms, orbiting at precisely the same rate as the galaxy arms rotate around the core (…). Why is it important that we are not in one of the spiral arms? First, our location gives us a view of the universe that is unobstructed by the debris and gases found in the spiral arms. This fact allows us to visualize what the Bible says, "The heavens declare the glory of God." If we were within the spiral arms, our view would be significantly impaired. Second, being outside the spiral arms puts us in a location that is safer than anywhere else in the universe. We are removed from the more densely occupied areas, where stellar interactions can lead to disruption of planetary orbits. In addition, we are farther from the deadly affects of supernovae explosions. The 4+ billion year longevity of life on earth (the time needed to prepare the planet for human occupation) would not have been possible at most other locations in our galaxy.