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I've been trying to get Percival's Law of Data Compression -- "Birds of a feather compress better together" -- more widely used, but so far it has only been picked up by one other author.

Does anyone else here have similar "laws" that they think ought to be better known?

Hofstadter's law: "It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take Hofstadter's Law into account."

It should be considered one of the basic axioms of programming, maybe even engineering, although I'm just biased because it is an infinite (perhaps even strange) loop.

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