Was wondering wth was going on. Good thing for the web. According to Mike Clark, if you're reading the Rails book, "Agile Web Development with Rails", make sure you take note of the errata with Rails 1.0. The instantiation of fixtures as attributes and hashes are not done by default anymore with Rails v1.0.
self.use_transactional_fixtures = true
self.use_instantiated_fixtures = false
The reason being that having to instantiate all those attributes will take too long with a large fixture to test. Now, instanciations are done ON DEMAND with each test. And if they are done, they are cached. Therefore, you can either choose to override and change the use_*_fixtures settings in your test code, or you can change all your code from: