Last night I got to thinking about the movie Gremlins (1984) for some reason, and there's something about it that has always bothered me. I mean, it's been bothering me for 27 years. The characters are told not to feed the gremlins "after midnight" or terrible things will happen. Okay, so what does "after midnight" mean? Can you feed them at 6 a.m.? What about 10 a.m.? Noon? Is the afternoon right out? Because, if you really think about it, any time of the day is after midnight. So the guy was doomed to fail unless he never fed the creatures at all! Either that, or the know-it-all guy at the beginning should have been more specific about which times -- specifically -- were forbidden. These kinds of things bother me.
Maybe that's why I love proofreading.