Users of curly bracket programming languages, such as C or Java, sometimes expect or wish Python to follow a block-delimiter convention. Brace-delimited block syntax has been repeatedly requested, and consistently rejected by core developers. The Python interpreter contains an easter egg that summarizes its developers' feelings on this issue. The code from __future__ import braces raises the exception SyntaxError: not a chance. Another hidden message, The Zen of Python (a summary of Python philosophy), is displayed when trying to import this. The message Hello world... is printed when the import statement import __hello__ is used. An antigravity module was added to Python 3.0. Importing it opens a web browser to an xkcd comic that portrays a humorous fictional use for such a module, intended to demonstrate the ease with which Python modules enable additional functionality.
[alsadi@pc1 proj]$ python Python 2.6 (r26:66714, Jun 8 2009, 16:07:26) [GCC 4.4.0 20090506 (Red Hat 4.4.0-4)] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> import this The Zen of Python, by Tim Peters Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren't special enough to break the rules. Although practicality beats purity. Errors should never pass silently. Unless explicitly silenced. In the face of ambiguity, refuse the temptation to guess. There should be one-- and preferably only one --obvious way to do it. Although that way may not be obvious at first unless you're Dutch. Now is better than never. Although never is often better than *right* now. If the implementation is hard to explain, it's a bad idea. If the implementation is easy to explain, it may be a good idea. Namespaces are one honking great idea -- let's do more of those!