|That said, this function, in its original form, is completely useless, because it is executing a SELECT request from a locally scoped statement handler, and its result would be simply lost.
Oh, there's more fun than that, my friend! There are some databases where you can set up a view in such a way that a SELECT against it actually makes changes to stuff. In Oracle 9, you can actually have it do literally anything, including executing Perl code.
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