Do you remember Mogwai? No, not the Scottish post-rock band but the cute, furry creature in the film 'Gremlins' starring the lovely Phoebe Cates? In the film, the owner of Mogwai must:
1. never expose it to bright light (especially sunlight, which will kill it)
2. never get it wet
3. most importantly, no matter how much it cries or begs, never, ever feed it after midnight
... lest Mogwai would hatch into "gremlins" or more mischievous reptilian monsters. Quel horreur!
I heard nothing from Mogwai, though we had on occasions communicated via email. I thought Mogwai would at least update me. Many moons later, I heard (from other people) that Mogwai had emerged victorious. Though Mogwai didn't thank me personally for whatever little advice I had given her, I was really happy for her good fortune.