>Learning a new concept that does not fit with your worldview does count as
	>surprising.  And it will continue to be surprising until you change your
	>worldview.  And beginner's are still taught a procedural worldview.
	>
	>You just can't say that Ruby isn't surprising.  If someone come's to Ruby,
	>really likes the OO-everwhere aspect, they will often say, "Wow".  And guess
	>what, they were just surprised. 

But that's not the original point -- the Principle of Least surprise
(to me, at least) is not about "original" surprise, it's about 
"repeated" surprise (see an earlier post).

/\ndy