Jesse Crockett wrote:
>     rich = very_plentiful = plentiful = good_source =
>     small_amount = minimal_amount = Array.new

You are creating one array and assigning references to it to all your 
variables. Everything you do to any of them, is done to all of them, 
because they all point to one array. This is not what you intended to 
do, I suppose. Make each assignment in a separate line.

TPR.
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