Yep, it's a Roxette song from the 80s, but what I wanted to talk about was the icon for Illustrator -- the orange flower (in CS, it was pink). I guess the flower is nice, but we all know that we miss Venus. I was watching a documentary on TV last night and the showed a picture of Botteccelli's painting and my heart cried inside just a little.
Some of you know that the beloved Illustrator engineers (actually, it was the Quality Engineering department) found a way to keep Venus alive. Type the letter V-E-N-U-S into your keyboard (as long as the Type tool isn't active), and the flower in the toolbox will switch to an image of Venus. Type the letters again and the flower will return.
But here's some information that you may not have known. When the imagery for the applications was being developed, the Illustrator team was presented with a feather as an icon. The Photoshop team was presented with a flower. Besides the fact that each team's pride was already hurt (knowing they would be losing Venus and the eternal "eye" of PS), the teams weren't pleased with these icons at all. But like any sibling rivalry, the PS team said "we want AI's feather" and the AI team said, "we kinda like the flower" and so a trade was made. Photoshop got the feather, and Illustrator got the flower. At one point, the Illustrator team also considered using a seashell as its icon (in the original painting, Venus is standing in a shell). Looks like the seashell eventially ended up with Bridge.