I didn't much care for the parallel assignement either, all fun and games until you accidentially delete something from one side and then have to remember the order they were in (or worse yet accidentally put it back wrong).
Also, how can you claim that line is english? People do not talk like:
I'll put the ketchup, car keys in the fridge, drawer.
Although really in Ruby would it not be more like:
In the fridge, drawer I'll put the ketchup, car keys.
It is consise, but claiming it reads like english is a stretch.
It's not having Java on the brain to dislike a feature like this, it can also be from seeing years of the kinds of mistakes that syntactic shortcuts can cause. I like some of them but they have to be used with care.