People who remember when I posted the factorial of 65,536 surely remember that my Ruby script took ~4:30 minutes to complete while a Python2.1 script took over 12 minutes. *I downloaded Python2.2 (which now unifies short integer and long integers) and tried the script again. *Here are the new results:

[vince@vincent: ~/prog]% time ruby/fact.rb 65536 > /dev/null
ruby/fact.rb 65536 > /dev/null *261.95s user 0.94s system 99% cpu 4:23.70 total

[vince@vincent: ~/prog]% time python/fact.py 65536 > /dev/null
python/fact.py 65536 > /dev/null *214.33s user 5.43s system 99% cpu 3:40.28 total