Another answer to a frequently-asked question: here's an explanation I recently posted on comp.lang.python, about the animal on the cover of the book Learning Python.
You wrote: : Well, I think it has to be an animal. So why not picture the : animal from which spam is made? I wanted a pig too, but alas, it was not meant to be (it showed up on the Stopping Spam book before we had a chance to grab it). For what it's worth, David and I both balked at the wood rat (really, a Neotoma, family Muridae) at first. But Edie Freedman's rationale grew on us--it's a small animal, which must learn about Pythons in order to avoid becoming their dinner. Say what you will of Neotomas, but that seems to capture the essence of the book well. Besides, it made for an arguably hilarious colophon description for the back of the book (posted at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/lpython/colophon.html ). --Mark "attracted to shiny objects" Lutz (http://learning-python.com)
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