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Yesterday, Apple revealed OS X 10.9 and joked that after a decade, they were dumping their scheme of naming OS X releases after felines because they ‘d just lack huge feline names to utilize. Rather, from now on, they ‘d call future variations of OS X after locations in California, beginning with OS X Mavericks, called after a famous Californian surfing area.

What’s beautiful amusing about the option of ‘Mavericks’ as a name for OS X, however, is that the real-world location is named after a German Shephard, implying that say switched over from naming their OS X releases after felines to calling them after pet dogs instead!

According to Matt Warshaw’s book Mavericks: The Story Of Big-Wave Surfing (as recounted by Wikipedia):

In early March 1961, three internet users, Alex Matienzo, Jim Thompson, and Dick Knottmeyer chose to try the distant waves off Pillar Point. With them was a white-haired German Shepherd called Radical, possessed by Matienzo’s roommate. Radical was utilized to swimming out with his owner, or with Matienzo, while they were out browsing.

The trio left Radical on coast, but he swam out and caught up with them. Discovering the conditions hazardous for the pet, Matienzo tied him up prior to rejoining the others. The riders had actually restricted success that day, surfing overhead peaks about 1/4 mile from shore, just along the rocks that show up from coast. They deemed the larger outside waves too harmful.

They chose to call the browsing location after Radical, who appeared to have gotten the most out of the experience. It ended up being recognized just as ‘Mavericks’.

Of course, it’s not likely there are too many places in California called after pets, so it seems unlikely that Apple will continue this tradition into 10.10. Still, is not really it a little bit paradoxical that the animal that ultimately put an end to Apple’s line of jungle felines was their most bitter natural opponent, and man’s buddy?