So off-topic, but I've heard Stephen Jay Gould get very annoyed with the phrase "A camel is a horse designed by a committee".
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It's an insult to camels, which are not overburdened with extras, as the phrase implies, but perfectly adapted to their environment; it's also an insult to committees of course. I think he gets mad when people refer to aging rock stars as "dinosaurs" too.
Every bit of code is either naturally related to the problem at hand, or else it's an accidental side effect of the fact that you happened to solve the problem using a digital computer.