Ricken’s Law

Since everyone needs a dubious scientific law named after them, here’s my attempt at formulating one. Enjoy. 

Ricken’s Law:

“The degree to which a piece of correspondence is of importance is indirectly proportional to the degree to which it is said to be ‘urgent’ by its sender.”

Or if you prefer:

The importance of an e-mail’s content is indirectly proportional to the number of exclamation marks which appear in the subject box.”

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