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According to arch-hacker James Gosling, to "...modify a program with no idea whatsoever how it works." (See whacker.) It is actually possible to do this in nontrivial circumstances if the change is small and well-defined and you are very good at glarking things from context. As a trivial example, it is relatively easy to change all "stderr" writes to "stdout" writes in a piece of C filter code which remains otherwise mysterious.
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Just get a section of 3/4-inch wooden dowel, whack off 16 1/2 inches of it and bevel the ends.
The increasing popularity of heads designed to whack off a turkey's head makes sense if you want to decapitate your turkey.
And just as my lack of experience in those distant days limited me to a single knot, so did it restrict me to a single method of cleaning fish, which was to scrape away the scales, whack off the head, and remove the entrails.