Hook with tail (or snake eater) is an 8-cell still life. consisting of a hook with a tail. It was for a long time the smallest still life without a well-established name; it is now a vital component of the smallest known heavyweight spaceship gun, where it acts as a rock.
Note that, despite its name, this pattern is not truly a bookend with a tail.
Hook with tail is the sixty-ninth most common still life in Achim Flammenkamp's census, being less common than loaf siamese loaf but more common than long integral It is also the eightieth most common object on Adam P. Goucher's Catagolue, making it the rarest of the 8-bit still lifes.
On April 29, 2007 Dean Hickerson found a 4-glider synthesis of this still life.
- ↑ Achim Flammenkamp (September 7, 2004). "Most seen natural occurring ash objects in Game of Life". Retrieved on November 8, 2009.
- ↑ Adam P. Goucher. "Statistics". Catagolue. Retrieved on June 24, 2016.
- ↑ Dean Hickerson's 2, 3, and 4-glider syntheses pattern collection