Ah, Yes, the Gremlins

May 19, 2006

From the Women s Club Fashion Sow to the 15- foot luxury yacht, the TT Gremlins those mischevious, malevolent, invisible imps have been with the paper since its first edition, and to date no fumigation method has had any effect on them whatsoever.

God knows, we ve tried them all.

The Gremlins take devilish delight in humiliating, embarrassing and mortifying Tico Times staffers by invading copy AFTER it has been carefully written, edited, proofread and corrected. They steal words, garble sentences, distort numbers (numbers are their favorite victims) and even disappear whole paragraphs. They turn photos upside down and switch captions around. They put headlines over the wrong stories. They insert strange names into photo captions. They mess with ads. There s really no end to their havoc, once they get going.

You may think we re kidding. We wish we were. TT staffers nobly accept full responsibility for the usual brain misfires that befall us all, but Gremlin mischief is something else entirely. You know it s Gremlins and not just a human goof when you read something completely incomprehensible something you suspect didn t start out that way and wasn t supposed to come out like that or when the torta in question is acutely embarrassing to the TT.

So here s to the Gremlins! Since we can t get rid of em, we might as well let em join the celebration. (Sometimes treating them nicely keeps them quiet for a while.)

You may be interested

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby
sports
164 views
sports
164 views

Adaptive surfing, part II: The story of Dean Bushby

Ellen Zoe Golden - May 22, 2018

A three-part look at adaptive surfing in Costa Rica. Read Part I here to learn how a Central Pacific coach is…

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network
Human rights
208 views
Human rights
208 views

Costa Rica launches Pride Connection network

Elizabeth Lang - May 22, 2018

As Costa Rica continues to grapple with the disagreements about marriage equality and gender identity that dominated the second round…

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week
The Alvarado Administration
225 views
The Alvarado Administration
225 views

Costa Rica at a glance: top news from the past week

The Tico Times - May 21, 2018

Newly inaugurated Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is closing in on two weeks on the job. Here are some of…