The 6 Best Python Easter Eggs

This article compiles a list of little surprises in the Python programming language.

Check out the following Instagram post to see them in an interactive mode (swipe right).

Here are the best easter eggs:

The Zen of Python

>>> 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!

Hello World

>>> import __hello__
Hello world!

This is Love

>>> import this 
# prints poem first (see above)
>>> love = this
>>> love is True
>>> love is False
>>> love is not True or False
>>> love is love

Cool Variable Names

>>> from math import pi
>>> π = pi
>>> r = 3.5
>>> area = r**2 * π
>>> print(area)

Antigravity Comic

>>> import antigravity

Barry As FLUFL – The Diamond Operator in Python

>>> from __future__ import barry_as_FLUFL
>>> 1<>2
>>> 1!=2
SyntaxError: with Barry as BDFL, use '<>' instead of '!='

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