Josh Sharpe wrote:
> Before you jump to an answer here, please don't suggest that I use
> _strptime.  Going that route forces my users to give me the date and/or
> time in the format that I specify.  Which is really not optimal.
> 
> So the problem is that Date#parse assumes that the format is
> day/month/year.

It is U.S. middle-endian format in 1.8.7. But try this monkey-patch for 
1.9.2:

  require 'date'
  def Date._parse_sla(str, e) # :nodoc:
    if str.sub!(%r|('?-?\d+)/\s*('?\d+)(?:\D\s*('?-?\d+))?|, ' ') # '
      s3e(e, $2, $1, $3)
      true
    end
  end

>> Date.parse("10/04/2010")
=> #<Date: 2010-10-04 (4910947/2,0,2299161)>
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