Ari Brown wrote:
> Quick thread question:
> 
> Does a thread need to be started with x.join, or will it start
> automatically?
> 

As this thread highlights, there doesn't seem to be a way to create a 
thread in Ruby without starting it.  So,  the answer to your question 
is: no, x.join does not start a thread.  In fact, join() stops the 
thread in which the join() statement appears.
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