I know a lot has been said about this beautiful value we affectionately call NULL, which is neither here nor there and that manages to catch many of us
off guard with its casual neither here nor thereness. Database analysts who are really just back seat mathematicians in disguise like to philosophize
about the unknown and pat themselves on the back when they feel they have mastered the unknown better than any one else. Of course database spatial analysts, the worst kind of back seat mathematicians,
like to talk not only about NULL but about EMPTY and compare notes with their brethren and write dissertations
about what to do about something that is neither here nor there
but is more known than the unknown, but not quite as known as the empty string.
Okay getting to the point, one of our clients asked us about a peculiar problem they had with a query, and the strange results they were getting. We admit this still manages to catch us off guard every once in a while.