No one expects the Apple inquisition! (update)

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Cool Stuff

Listener Richard just sent me an email to a funny “Easter Egg” in Mac OS X. I have verified this exists in 10.4.8 and it may have been there for a while, but who knows. Here’s what you do:

1) In the Finder, choose ‘Go to Folder’ from the ‘Go’ menu
2) Copy and paste this path into the dialog box, /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.3/lib/python2.3/test/, and hit ‘Go’.
3) Locate the ‘’ file and play it. You can open it in QuickTime, play it in the preview in the Finder, etc.
4) Have a laugh.

Now I am not sure if this is an Apple Easter egg or something that has been a part of the Python project for a while now, but either way it’s fun.

Update: We’ll thanks to Adam for pointing out what should have been obvious to me, but wasn’t. Since the reference is to a Monty PYTHON quote this Easter Egg is part of the Python distro and not Apple’s. I am told there are numerous other references like this to be found in Python.

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  1. Adam | Nov 02 2006 - 03:28

    That’s a Python thing. Python was named after Monty Python and there are tons of Monty Python references in the distribution.

  2. Steve | Nov 02 2006 - 04:28

    Hey Adam,
    The audio file is in 10.3.9 to!

  3. Dylan | Nov 02 2006 - 11:45

    Quite funny indeed. As a passionate Python programmer, it’s nice to know that our langage has a sense of humor…

    However, I’d also like to note that just because something remotely Macintosh-related pops up on Digg does not mean that it should be immediately covered on the MacCast site. I visit this site for a podcast that cuts through the unnecessary extras that are all too common over at Digg.

    Sorry for the rant, but that’s my opinion.

    Long live Python.

  4. Richard | Nov 03 2006 - 01:41

    What a strange thing to say Dylan.

  5. mike | Nov 03 2006 - 09:53

    yeah dylan. i think its up to adam what he puts on his site not you!

  6. Tucker | Nov 06 2006 - 03:05

    I liked it! It was really funny, and contrary to Dylan’s opinion, I love seeing these kinds of Easter Eggs. Keep posting them! :D

  7. Dylan | Nov 06 2006 - 10:22

    I’m really sorry; I didn’t mean to offend anyone. What I meant was that if you want these kinds of stories, Digg is your website. If you want straight Macintosh news, reviews, and support, has my highest recommendation.