Wow, what a plethora of responses! Thanks to everyone who responded. 
I didn't really expect such a lively response.  I really appreciate
all the support. Many regards...
 -CWS

On 7/28/05, why the lucky stiff <ruby-talk / whytheluckystiff.net> wrote:
> Ara.T.Howard wrote:
> 
> >>
> >>  harp:~ > cat a.rb
> >>  foo = [ "a", "b", "c", 'n' ]
> >>  bar = [  1 ,  2 ,  3 , 'm' ]
> >>
> >>  p foo.zip(bar)
> >>
> >>  harp:~ > ruby a.rb
> >>  [["a", 1], ["b", 2], ["c", 3], ["n", "m"]]
> >
> I don't want Ara to fail!
> 
>  >> (foo * bar.length).sort.zip(bar * bar.length)
> => [["a", 1], ["a", 2], ["a", 3], ["a", "m"], ["b", 1], ["b", 2], ["b",
> 3], ["b", "m"], ["c", 1], ["c", 2], ["c", 3], ["c", "m"], ["n", 1],
> ["n", 2], ["n", 3], ["n", "m"]]
> 
> _why
> 
>