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Finagle's Rules for Scientific Research

1. Do not believe in miracles&md;rely on them.

2. Experiments must be reproducible&md;they should fail the same way.

3. Always verify your witchcraft.

4. First draw your curves&md;then plot your readings.

5. Be sure to obtain meteorological information before leaving on vacation.

6. A record of data is useful&md;it indicates that you've been working.

7. Experience is directly proportional to equipment ruined.

8. To study a subject best&md;understand it thoroughly before you start.

9. In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.