Stupid webinterface.  paste got mangled.  apologizes.

irb(main):001:0> s = "this is\tfun \tno?"
=> "this is\tfun \tno?"
irb(main):002:0> s.split(/\s/)
=> ["this", "is", "fun", "", "no?"]
irb(main):003:0> s.split(" ")
=> ["this", "is", "fun", "no?"]


Cameron