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This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.

Tanto: So, um...what's the first one?

Tzintzuntzan: I'm not sure if there is one. When I created the initial entry, I made the title and opening line parodies of the plain old Second Law of Thermodynamics ("The entropy of an isolated system not in equilibrium will tend to increase over time, approaching a maximum value at equilibrium").

Tanto: Ah. My utter lack of science and mathematical knowledge comes back to bite me once again, I suppose.

Tzintzuntzan: Speaking of numbered Laws and Formulas, clueless me has no idea where the names for Rule 34 and Rule Thirty Six come from, or if there are any rules one through thirty-three or thirty-five. Can anyone reveal the answer?

Morgan Wick: Wasn't there discussion on that in Rule Thirty Four Discussion, or was that lost in The Great Crash?

Anyway, here's the real First Law of Thermodynamics according to The Other Wiki:

The increase in the internal energy of a system is equal to the amount of energy added by heating the system, minus the amount lost as a result of the work done by the system on its surroundings.

It's essentially the principle of the conservation of energy.

Tanto: The Rules of the Internet, which includes #34 and #36, come from here.

BT The P: Isn't there another, extremely obvious principle at work here? To wit, The probability and speed of the complete and permanent destruction of any location varies inversely with its plot relevance. The previous is probably just a dolled-up version of Throw-Away Country, now I give it further thought.

Hydro Globus: I added a new quote to the start of the page. A lot of pages have more then one. Enjoy!