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AS ENGINEERS, WE MAY SOMETIMES FAIL TO
pay sufficient respect to certain physical laws of the
universe, more specifically Murphy's law, "If something can go wrong, it will." Based on that premise,
presented for your consideration here are several anecdotal accounts of unusual, strange, or downright bizarre
stories. Whether you view it as the failure of the smallest part disabling a large machine or the least expensive
component on the most expensive board in a control system, whatever can go wrong...will. The more pragmatic
among us also believe that Murphy was an optimist.

Furry Creatures of the Forest
Utility operations and maintenance personnel from
distribution line mechanics to substation electricians
will tell you that high on the list of cute little furry
animals that wreak havoc with the power system are

Tales of Power
System Failures
By Robert W. Waldele
Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2016.2598229
Date of publication: 19 October 2016

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