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Post by brett » Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:40 pm

no not the cute furry variety of the film fame - a small gnome like creature variously blamed for mechanical failures in first world war aircraft and today in computers -and other mechanical devices

first recorded in RAF literature and was a term used for low ranking officers or men saddled with oppressive duties or assignments - it was not until the 1940s that the term really came into its own

- and may be traced back to the Irish word " gruaimin "- meaning an ill humoured little fellow .- or mischievous spirit

gremlins have even plagued bugs bunny - in a cartoon called "falling hare " ( 1943 ) :D
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Post by Cherill » Sat Feb 10, 2007 1:19 pm

Thanks for that Brett!

I think I prefer the film version of them. For those of you who have never seen the film Gremlins, they start off as a cute, furry, intelligent little furball called a Mogwai. Mogwais don't like bright light and sunlight can kill them. You must never feed them after midnight (although it doesn't say at what time they can have food during the next day!). You can't ever get them near water, or give them water to drink either, because if they get water on them, each drop of water develops into another Mogwai.

The problem is that the new Mogwai's are not as cuddly or as cute as their 'mother' version and they will do anything to trick you into feeding them after midnight! Once fed after the witching hour, they create a crysalis and go into a transformation stage. When the blighters hatch, they are transformed into spiteful, hateful, dangerous gremlins who will wreak havoc on the world and even kill people! :shock:

The only way to kill them is to get them into bright sunlight! So how's that for a creature? :lol:
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