IF YOU FOUND that post deleted, it wasn’t a Gremlin, it was me. It began this way:
THEY WERE DISCOVERED before the first years of the Second War, and they were found first in the Royal Air Force. Aircraft engines would run just fine on the ground, then quit on takeoff; the radios would work well in the hangar, turn silent in the air; brakes would work perfectly, but on the next landing, one of the brakes would fail completely.
They drove ground crews and pilots mad, they did. Until one mechanic gave them a name: gremlins. They were so popular in those days, invisible little guys who didn’t mean to kill the pilots, just have a little fun with them. And there were a few anti-gremlins, too. Some planes came back from missions in the war with six feet from a wing missing, an elevator gone, three engines stopped and one running just enough to make it home.
When the war quit, so did the employment for the gremlins. Lucky me, I had a rare team of them in a P-51 I owned briefly. The supercharger failed at altitude, brakes sometimes stopped, the engine would overheat just after takeoff, to spray glycol over the windscreen so that I had to look past the oily glass to land. Of course the radios were inop in the air. The other planes were fine, the ’51 had this earnest family of gremlins. It was such an easy aircraft to land until once I put one wheel in the dirt on landing and the ’51 wrecked itself in the sagebrush. One anti-gremlin felt sorry for me that day…by his courtesy I wasn’t hurt and what was left of the airplane didn’t blow up.
Then, years later, computers came along, and when they arrived, those unemployed gremlins moved in the hearts of some of the young human beings who liked computers. Their name changed. They weren’t called gremlins, any more. They were called trolls.
Just like the gremlins, they didn’t intend to hurt people, but to have a little fun with us. Rarely would they damage one’s computer, but nearly always they’d find a public forum, bury it, spangle it with coarse what they thought ought to be adult language. Nothing much happened, save that people who didn’t care for their black and white words left the fora, turned their attention elsewhere.
Of course trolls don’t often, don’t ever, I hope, find a place on this site. They try, but so far no luck. It wasn’t till I looked at the filters that I saw hundreds of spams caught in the spam-webs. I caught a troll or two…
… and then the post went off where I didn’t want to go, about some plans for the site that I realized did not belong here. So I deleted the post, and forgot that it would show up on your computers anyway.
Everything’s fine, this was just a mistake of mine, which happen so rarely they they seem to be the work of gremlins.
Thank you for your patience.