Blow The Mind: The Science of Gremlins and Mogwai

The adult or "gremlin" mogwai.
The adult or "gremlin" mogwai.
Image courtesy of Mike Corriero

Mogwai and Gremlins might SEEM the most unrealistic little monsters ever to crawl out of the 1980s, but nothing could be further from the truth.

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie dissect Gremlin/mogwai biology and show you how all that melting and metamorphosing matches up with the rest of the animal kingdom.

Plus, you'll hear all about our own experiences owning pet mogwai during the 1980s... all the laughter, tears and accidental tanning booth horrors.

This one stems from "How Mogwai and Gremlins Work," so if you have any questions, do check out that article and its helpful illustrations.


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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.