This is an email that I received back in 1993 which I saved to a text document. I was working at HP at the time but I thought this was such a great prank that I needed to find out more. Through the local PCA, I found out the details of what was done. It would seem that the guys actually phoned the Porsche factory in Germany to make sure that no damage to the car would result. The factory people, who one would expect to tell them zey ver crazy and to go bother zomeone else, actually did get back to them within something like 48 hours to assure them that the Porsche Carrera Cabriolet could in fact support the 2000lb fish
The email includes the original header as I received it, only the names have been removed to protect the innocent. Enjoy!
I heard about this on ABC News some time last week. For those who missed it, some guys at Sun played an April Fool’s joke on their boss. They removed a wall from his office, and drove his Porsche convertible inside. Then (after replacing the wall of course) they put a 200 gallon aquarium inside the Porsche and filled it with 32 freshwater sharks.
Sun produced this:
From press@relations.Corp Thu Apr 1 10:17:24 1993 Date: Thu, 1 Apr 93 07:08:25 PST Subject: SUNSTRUCK FLASH: SUNTANK ANNOUNCES SuperSHARK CARRERA CLASSIC - This message has been approved for distribution to this alias- SUNTANK ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE WORKSTATIONS SuperSHARK CARRERA CLASSIC UNVEILED TODAY SunTank, a division of SunStruck, Inc., today announced the availability of a high performance portable computing system designed for the small office environment - the SuperSHARK Carrera Classic. The new system, based on the Convertible Office Submersible Environment (COSE) specification, was unveiled this morning in the Mountain View office of company founder, Andreas Fish Bechtolshiem. "This technology is an enhanced version of our SHARKstation product line. It shows our total commitment to 32-bite commuting and powerful hardware," said Bechtolshiem. "And it's my favorite color, too." The heart, or rather guts, of the system lie in its 120-Megabuck SuperSHARK processor chip. Despite being a much smaller version of the 7-gill processor in the original SHARKstation 1 machine, the new SuperSHARK is ferocious enough to destroy its closest competitors in seconds. Today the SuperSHARK was demonstrated performing at an astounding 100-tetrabites per second. The true beauty of the new SuperSHARK system is in its European-engineered Carrera packaging. The sleek, aerodynamic chassis is built for high maneuverability and has a convenient user interface. "We are delighted that the SuperSHARK chip can deliver so much power to our stylish exterior," commented Hans EinFranz, project manager for Pisce, the German hardbody manufacturer that co-designed the Carrera Classic with Bechtolshiem. With a full 200 gallon tank capacity, front and rear wheel stabilizers, and roomy plexiglass interior, the SuperSHARK Carrera Classic office workstation is truly a user's dream of high functionality at a low price. (Suggested retail: $7995, tax, license, and dealer-installed Cabriolet top extra. Non-discountable.) No hardware system is complete without a robust operating environment. The SuperSHARK-powered Carrera system runs Windows ET from SunSlosh, a sister company of SunTank. "The WET environment puts a whole new motif on transparent, distributed hydrokinetic computing," said Ned Zander, president and chief perch at SunSlosh. "Of course, no one really knows what that means, but it sounds good. Let's just say - the system goes fast, and it's powerful." At the bottom of the SuperSHARK system is SunLinks, a set of ground-level user tools for increased office productivity. The compact SunLinks course adds even more stability and entertainment value to the Carrera office system. Initial market reaction for the SuperSHARK and the related technologies has been remarkably favorable. "I saw a beta version, and I had to have one in my office immediately," commented Lotty Varey, Bechtolshiem's neighbor. SunStruck executive Sturgeon McReely noted, "It's the ultimate driving machine. Oh no, that's the other German guys. Anyway, it's what I've been trying to develop all along - a computer that's as easy to use as driving a car." "This is the pinnacle of the series that I foresaw years ago," commented Wilhelm Glad, former user of an on-pond system. Depending on further market acceptance, the SunTank team may introduce an AstroSHARK server version later this summer. P Copyright 4.1.93 SunTank, the totally dependent N O and finally retired business unit of SunStruck, Inc. I N SunStruck, SunDunk, SunPuck, SunTank, and the E D OFFICE* logo are trademarks of SunStruck, Inc. C I SuperSHARK is a registered trademark of SHARK I N Intergalatic, Inc. The SHARK technology is based F C on a tradition first developed by the SunKit F A Racing Team who taught us all that "Friends don't O R let friends have the keys to their car." * O N N For an open look at the new SuperSHARK Carrera I G Classic convertible office environment, stop by E O building 17 in Mountain View, or call Andy S L Bechtolshiem at 800-IT-BITES. R F U C To commemorate this announcement, t-shirts O will be on sale at local cafeterias on April 1 and 2 (while supplies last) and afterwards through SunWare for a limited time ($10/shirt, $12 XXL). NOTE: for best viewing, use the southern entrance to Bldg 17, near Bldg 15 or Great Bytes (B16).