loading data from yml produces strange result ?

I have a yml file of states of the US and Canada. I am loading them
into a State model.
State is defined with a migration
  t.column :name, :string
  t.column :abbrev :string

In my file states.yml, I have entries of this form
massachusetts:
   name: Massachusetts
   abbrev: MA

then I have a migration that loads the state information

  directory = File.join(File.dirname(__FILE__), "dev_data")
  Fixtures.create_fixtures(directory, "states")

Everything works as expected, until I try to load the data for Ontario
the yml entry is
ontario:
  name: Ontraio
  abbrev: ON

When I run this, the database entry for the Ontario abbreviation
becomes "1", a string with the character 1

That isn't what I want. I have managed to work around this by using
the abbreviation ONE, and then taking the first two characters with
slice(0,2) whenever I want an abbreviation.

However, that seems like a band-aid.

ON is perhaps a reserved word, or triggering some behavior I don't
understand ?

Any help or insight would be appreciated.

I would like Ontario to have the two character abbreviation ON

I have a yml file of states of the US and Canada. I am loading them
into a State model.
State is defined with a migration
  t.column :name, :string
  t.column :abbrev :string

In my file states.yml, I have entries of this form
massachusetts:
   name: Massachusetts
   abbrev: MA

then I have a migration that loads the state information

  directory = File.join(File.dirname(__FILE__), "dev_data")
  Fixtures.create_fixtures(directory, "states")

Everything works as expected, until I try to load the data for Ontario
the yml entry is
ontario:
  name: Ontraio
  abbrev: ON

When I run this, the database entry for the Ontario abbreviation
becomes "1", a string with the character 1

That isn't what I want. I have managed to work around this by using
the abbreviation ONE, and then taking the first two characters with
slice(0,2) whenever I want an abbreviation.

However, that seems like a band-aid.

ON is perhaps a reserved word, or triggering some behavior I don't
understand ?

Any help or insight would be appreciated.

I would like Ontario to have the two character abbreviation ON

However, that seems like a band-aid.

ON is perhaps a reserved word, or triggering some behavior I don't
understand ?

I think yaml recognises certain pairs as being booleans (true/false
etc..). You can defeat that by putting the value in quotes.

Fred

GREAT !

That worked. Thanks.