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How Mogwai and Gremlins Work


Author's Note
Senior Staff Writer Robert Lamb
Senior Staff Writer Robert Lamb
HowStuffWorks 2009

This article was my follow-up to How the 'Alien' Xenomorph Works, and while H.R. Giger's biomechanical monster is far cooler, the gremlins proved a lot more exciting to write about. After all, the xenomorph biology is fairly rooted in actual science, and its real-world parallels are many. The gremlin, however, is just rampant silliness.

But I embraced the challenge, surprised myself with some of the scientific tie-ins I discovered and managed to produce what may be the first scientific theory of mogwai and gremlins on the Net. I think about this stuff and perform Google image searches for "gremlin nipples" so you don't have to.

An article like this, by its very nature, can never be 100 percent watertight -- especially if you start bringing up examples from 1990's "Gremlins 2: The New Batch," which saw a gremlin turn into a bolt of lightning. You have to take all things gremlin-related with a grain of salt; though you can rest assured that all comparisons to real-world organisms are researched and accurate.

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