The language is allegedly named after Monty Python. The IDE that comes bundled with Python is even called IDLE (as in Eric). Python textbooks and tutorials also tend to contain Monty Python references (e.g. "spam" and "eggs" as example input values).
Oh, and a couple of years ago Google had a project to come up with a compiler that would compile Python to native machine code. The name of the project? "Unladen Swallow".
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