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  1. Subscriberhuckleberryhound
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    08 Sep '15 06:38
    It was six men of Indostan
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the Elephant
    (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation
    Might satisfy his mind.

    The First approached the Elephant,
    And happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl:
    "God bless me! but the Elephant
    Is very like a WALL!"
    The Second, feeling of the tusk,
    Cried, "Ho, what have we here,
    So very round and smooth and sharp?
    To me 'tis mighty clear
    This wonder of an Elephant
    Is very like a SPEAR!"

    The Third approached the animal,
    And happening to take
    The squirming trunk within his hands,
    Thus boldly up and spake:
    "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
    Is very like a SNAKE!"

    The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
    And felt about the knee
    "What most this wondrous beast is like
    Is mighty plain," quoth he:
    "'Tis clear enough the Elephant
    Is very like a TREE!"

    The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
    Said: "E'en the blindest man
    Can tell what this resembles most;
    Deny the fact who can,
    This marvel of an Elephant
    Is very like a FAN!"

    The Sixth no sooner had begun
    About the beast to grope,
    Than seizing on the swinging tail
    That fell within his scope,
    "I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
    Is very like a ROPE!"

    And so these men of Indostan
    Disputed loud and long,
    Each in his own opinion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right,
    And all were in the wrong!
  2. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    08 Sep '15 07:071 edit
    Originally posted by huckleberryhound
    It was six men of Indostan
    To learning much inclined,
    Who went to see the Elephant
    (Though all of them were blind),
    That each by observation
    Might satisfy his mind.

    The First approached the Elephant,
    And happening to fall
    Against his broad and sturdy side,
    At once began to bawl:
    "God bless me! but the Elephant
    Is very like a WALL!"
    The Se ...[text shortened]... inion
    Exceeding stiff and strong,
    Though each was partly in the right,
    And all were in the wrong!
    YouTube

    Nice change of pace thread; I'd forgotten about this entertaining and instructive fable which is also a metaphor for human fallibility.
    Attempted to utilize the [youtube] .....[/] feature but received a message on the screen which in paraphrase said that the "owner doesn't
    allow access on other websites". In my opinion, viewing it is worth a trip to Google.
  3. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    08 Sep '15 15:03
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBqgr5xZLz0

    Nice change of pace thread; I'd forgotten about this entertaining and instructive fable which is also a metaphor for human fallibility.
    Attempted to utilize the [youtube] .....[/] feature but received a message on the screen which in paraphrase said that the "owner doesn't
    allow access on other websites". In my opinion, viewing it is worth a trip to Google.
    Huck just wanted to set this delightful poem out for our enjoyment, Bobby. Why do you have to take possession of it by summoning YouTube?
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    08 Sep '15 20:22
    I bought a blind friend a cheese grater for her birthday.
    She said it was the worst book she had ever read.
  5. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    08 Sep '15 22:46
    Originally posted by Captain Strange
    I bought a blind friend a cheese grater for her birthday.
    She said it was the worst book she had ever read.
    Ha,
  6. Standard memberabejnood
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    08 Sep '15 23:221 edit
    There's a joke along these lines where two elephants are trying to see what men are like; the first one notes that men are flat, and the second one agrees.
  7. Standard memberptobler
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    08 Sep '15 23:44
    Originally posted by abejnood
    There's a joke along these lines where two elephants are trying to see what men are like; the first one notes that men are flat, and the second one agrees.
    Two blind elephants with bloody feet, I assume?
  8. Subscriberhuckleberryhound
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    09 Sep '15 00:22
    Originally posted by abejnood
    There's a joke along these lines where two elephants are trying to see what men are like; the first one notes that men are flat, and the second one agrees.
    Ha!
  9. SubscriberFMF
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    09 Sep '15 00:31
    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    Huck just wanted to set this delightful poem out for our enjoyment, Bobby. Why do you have to take possession of it by summoning YouTube?
    Perhaps because he knows if he goes off and starts his own blog (where he can start, control and micro-manage threads), very few people are likely to follow him there.
  10. SubscriberFMF
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    09 Sep '15 00:40
    Originally posted by huckleberryhound
    It was six men of Indostan
    To learning much inclined...
    I enjoyed watching Channel 4's 10 part "Indian Summers" recently. "The series (set in 1932) details the events of summers spent at Simla, in the foothills of the Himalayas, by a group of British socialites (and civil servants) at the time of the British Raj." (Wiki). I went into it with a wee bit of prejudice expecting it to perhaps be a costume/period drama with more soap than substance, but it was pretty evocative and thought provoking.
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