Yukihiro Matsumoto wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> In message "[ruby-talk:20922] Re: OReilly Ruby book has snail on cover"
>     on 01/09/05, Paul Brannan <pbrannan / atdesk.com> writes:
> 
> |I think the snail is a very beautiful creature.
> 
> I have a sad news (or a VERY good news depending on your taste).
> 
> I discussed with the O'Reilly editor, and somehow the cover animal for
> the "Ruby Essentials" is changed from a snail (Eobania vermiculata
> type of snail) to a kudu.
> 
> ---
> Hi Matz,
> The new animal is a kudu.  It is one of the most striking and beautiful of
> the antelopes, the greater kudu lives in central and southern Africa, in
> rocky hill country or on brush-covered plains. Farmers in areas inhabited
> by the kudu must take into account, when building their fences, the
> animal's ability to easily leap obstacles 2.5 m in height. The male's
> magnificent spiral horns can reach up to 168 cm in length and are highly
> prized trophies. Kudus have also been observed in a form of play, tossing
> broken branches into the air with their horns and catching them as they fall.
> --
> 
> I'm glad.
> 
>                                                         matz.

BTW, what's the animal on the Japanese Ruby book (the one @
http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/index.html ) ?

I like the idea of a kudu (more than the snail, although there are
snails with beautiful shells, as we have seen in the recent days...)

Stephan