Sod’s Law



“Poor Billy Trinkhaus.  Nothing ever went right for him.  That time he got drunk and smashed his car into Mrs. Fassbinder’s new minivan?  And that night Mill Hill was covered in ice and snow? That time it was Mrs. Fassbinder’s SUV.   Remember, Mrs. Fassbinder threatened to buy a tank at
Government auction?

Then finding that arm like that in Kaiser Woods.  Billy said it was part of the tree.  They went in there two or three times.  Ranger Bauer and them told Billy he was seeing things.  Billy got mad and got himself drunk, poor sod.  Yeah.  Mrs. Fassbinder again.”

Friday Fictioneers at Addicted to Purple
Photo Prompt:  Copyright Madison Woods
Word Count:  100
Author’s Note:

“Sod’s Law” might actually pre-date “Murphy’s Law” by several generations.  The possible origin is the County of Yorkshire, England.  People say:  “Poor sod, whatever can go wrong will”  meaning that it’s the poor who can handle it the least who are struck with the unexpected–usually, expense. Murphy’s Law or Sod’s Law, take your pick.


When I was a kid I wanted to be an "atomic" scientist. Not anything my mother expected of me. Well, I became a scientist, just not an atomic one.

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14 comments on “Sod’s Law
  1. yarnspinnerr says:

    Poor Sod.
    I learned a new one here. Thanks. 🙂

  2. Kate Loveton says:

    I have trouble with this photo! Can’t quite figure out what it is.. an arm? the tree trunk? Not sure. You did a great job!

  3. Dear Lucy,

    Sod’s law? Sounds like it didn’t work well for Billy. 😉 Good one.



    • Lucy says:

      Thank you. Billy is actually modeled after someone I knew who kept crashing into a neighbor’s car coming around a bend. Last crash was his last. Lucy

  4. Liz Young says:

    A sod is in fact a lump of earth held together by grass, I believe, but the word has wormed its way into slang usage in England. ‘You rottensod’ is a mild epithet, in case you’re interested!

  5. Geez what did he have against poor Mrs. F? Cute story 🙂

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks. Her driveway was just at the top of a hill and on a curve. I would’ve parked my car in the garage, personally. Thanks for coming by. Lucy

  6. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Lucy, You are right – Poor Sod, Billy Trinkhaus! I had a red convertible that was parked twice in my own driveway and once at the airport gate that got hit – minding it’s own business – didn’t harm anyone, but somehow, was always getting dinged. Good story, Lucy, really good! Nan 🙂

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks Nan, I appreciate it. The first day I got my license I borrowed my mom’s car and took my friend for a ride. I was coming in too fast and pulled into her driveway and hit her father’s car. I thing Mrs Fassbinder was very sick of Billy. Thanks for coming by. Lucy

  7. Lucy, Good story. Poor Billy and poor Mrs. Fassbinder. Good thing she wasn’t in the car at the time. Humorous story and well written. 🙂 —Susan

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