Once upon a time or so its said, in an enchanted forest, there lived an orphaned rabbit and an orphaned snake. By an amazing coincidence, both were blind from birth.
One day, the rabbit was hopping through the forest, and the snake was slithering through the forest, when the rabbit tripped over the snake and fell down. This, of course, shook the snake up a bit.
“Oh, my,” said the rabbit, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to hurt you. I’ve been blind since birth, so, I can’t see where I’m going. In fact, since I’m also an orphan, I don’t even know what I am.”
“That’s not a problem,” replied the snake. “My story is a lot like yours. I, too, have been blind since birth, and also never knew my mother. Tell you what, maybe I could slither all over you, and discover what you are. At least you’ll have that going for you.”
“Oh, that would be wonderful” replied the rabbit.
So the snake slithered all over the rabbit, and said, “Well, you’re covered with soft fur; you have really long ears; your nose twitches, and you have a soft cottony tail. I’d guess you must be a rabbit.”
“Oh, thank you! Thank you,” cried the rabbit, in obvious excitement.
The rabbit suggested to the snake, “Maybe I could feel you all over with my paw, and help you the same way that you’ve helped me.”
So the rabbit felt the snake all over, and remarked, “Well, you’re smooth and slippery, and you have a forked tongue, no backbone and no balls. I’d say you must be a politician.”