Ha-ha I really dig this thread!
I love the Gremlin story, I had my fair share of those.
Even last weekend they moved my high hats away from me till my (extended) rod interfeared with my ride cymbal
, unknowingly I had shifted forward on my seat to accomodate the slightly different position.
Also (like mentioned before in this thread) building up to a superbly timed crash accent and then only to miss it (the cymbal) alltogether by a couple of millimeters, and then try to quickly hit something else in close vicinity, in my case a cowbell, while pretending this was the idea from the onset!
Once when playing in a school band I was playing on a stage which had also a sunken orchestra pit. One of the legs of my high hats jumped over the little upstand of the stage floor after which, in midplay, the high hats slowly
angled forward and tumbled down in the pit with an allmighty crash!
I had to fifnish that song first without high hats and retrieve them later, before starting with the next song.
The audience laughed their head off.
Cheers and happy drumming,