I've been trying to get into Ruby on Rails so I've been looking for good tutorials and introductions to the ruby language and the whole RoR framework. I've found a few, and I think I'm getting a decent grasp on it now.
One I'm reading why's (poignant) guide to ruby and it's seriously like getting great training from a mental patient. The tutorial bits and examples are great, but there's a ton of insanity thrown in.
Take this quote for example:
Back, back, way back before speedboats, I owned a prize race horse who took a stumble on the track. She did ten front flips and crashed into a guy who was carrying a full jar of mayonnaisse. We had blood and mayonnaisse [sic] up and down the track. Needless to say, she was a disaster.
Wow. And this kind of stuff is scattered throughout. The example immediately after this little story demonstrates methods by showing an example that catches a falling star and uses a rachet to connect it to a captive monkey to make a "starmonkey".
Well worth a read. You'll actually probably accidentally learn Ruby too.