What do you call the evil spirit that does things to airplanes?
Gremlin: Little, mischievous spirits of tools and
machinery. They are responsible for the little mishaps when working
with tools, such as the sudden diversion of a hammer towards your
thumb when you are driving a nail. They blunt sharp objects such as
saws and chisels, misplace tools, etc. Each household has its
hereditary gremlin which entered the house as an occupant of a
household appliance. This gremlin is responsible for letting the
air out of your tires when you are late for work, holds down the
lever of pop-up toasters so that the toast burns in stead of
ejecting, alters the hot and cold mixture when you are taking a
shower, and many other little torments.
Originally they were friendly towards mankind, and helped them
with many inventions. But when those engineers and mechanics
claimed all the credit of these inventions for themselves, this
insult soured the gremlin attitude towards mankind.
A Tid Bit
There are many superstitions on how to scare away gremlins. For
instance, motorcyclists put bells on the underside of their bikes
so that road gremlins wouldn't mess up their bikes and pull out an
important hose or get them involved in an accident. Gremlins are
afraid of the sound of the bell.