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A Pivot found that when spec_rails is loaded, the superclass of spec suites changes to ActiveSupport::TestCase, instead of ExampleGroup (which, in this case, had a number of useful and necessary methods added to it). 
This carefully named plugin provides really nice sql-console-style formatting for ActiveRecord queries made from the irb console. I’m going to install it right away so I can pretend I still remember how to write MySQL queries by hand!
 I was working on a brilliant analogy that referenced Dick Dastardly and Muttley here, but I totally failed. Still, Wacky Races was totally rad, right? Radder than sneakily replacing superclasses, anyhow.