The blind man at the back takes firm hold of the tail and says, "But why do we need to call it an *elephant*? No-one knows what that is. Everyone knows what a rope is, so we should just call it a rope."

And that is how the elephant came to be labelled a rope in all the guide books.

— Dougal Stanton, Haskell-cafe mailing list
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