I just got burned by typing the caret ("^") into a Perl formula when I wanted some exponentiation to happen. Since ^ is a legitimate binary operator, there is no error message ... just an unexpected result.
Figuring out what I had done wrong took hours, of course. But there was a silver lining: emotional engagement deepens one's learning.
To consolidate and commemorate this educational experience, I have turned it into a WW problem, which I hereby offer to the community.