On Dec 31, 2006, at 1:19 AM, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:

> L Forrister /rubytalk/ wrote:
>> M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:
>>> Those Pythonistas never quit, do they? :)
>>>
>>> http://www.world-science.net/othernews/061130_python.htm
>>>
>> But what does this have to do with Python the language?  The "name  
>> sake" of the language was Monty Python's Flying Circus.  Not some  
>> snake! ~~LF
>>
>>
> Well then ... why is the little icon on a ".py" file on my Windows  
> desktop a cute little smiling snake then? If it had something to do  
> with Monty Python, wouldn't it be something completely different?

Guido explains this in his IT Conversations interview:

http://www.itconversations.com/shows/detail545.html

Short Answer:  He gave in and finally let the fans use a snake as an  
icon, though he always intended it to reference Monty Python.

James Edward Gray II