%t Conservation of Responsability, the Law of
%s And why you never get the credit
%a Alex Gough (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Physicists, being practical sorts of people, like to make their lives easier
by constructing laws and theories to help them understand reality and
receive lucrative research grants and thus jobs. One of the most important
types of laws are the conservation laws which state that a certain quantity
remains constant throughout time. Most people are familiar with the law of
conservation of energy, some clever people might even be aware of the law of
conservation of colour in particle physics. As yet though, no researcher
has become fully aware of the Law of Conservation of Responsibility which is
by far the most important such law in the universe.
Basically put this law states that within any project, there is always a
certain total amount of things which have to be done. These tasks are
shared between the people working on the project. In theory (ie. never)
these duties are equally partitioned within the group, more usually though
one person in the group will do nothing, causing some other person to do
This can end up in a vicious cycle with people doing less and less until
eventually one person remains to do the work of everyone else. In cases
like this, another law comes into play, that of the distribution of credit.
This law is not a conservation law but instead means that the less work a
person actually does, the more credit they will claim  based on the work
done by the unfortunate person they conserved their own responsibility to.
Like many physical theories, it has been discovered that responsibility is
transferred in discrete packets. These quanta of responsibility are called
bucks and give rise to the expressions "passing the buck", "the buck stops
here" and "why the buck do I end up doing all the work?".
Of course, the cany reader will be able to use this law to their advantage.
By incurring illness or funerals at the right moment, it will be easy to
hive a small portion of responsibility onto someone else. The more serious
the illness or the closer the relative the better, especially if you pick a
sympathetic (read gullible) enough coworker.
There is another section of the law of responsibility which states that the
more things you end up doing for other people, the harder it will be for you
to rid yourself of them in the future, in cases like this it may become
necessary for you to take radical action, for instance adopting temporary
 - Unless of course, the project fails, in which case they will lose more
and more blame onto the person they previously conserved responsibility