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November 3, 2002 08:17
Re: The history of the lighter side of Perl culture
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> 3) Perl Poetry     L.Wall (1990).

According to the pink camel book, the April 1990 posting was a
forgery.  You might want to ask Sharon Hopkins.

> 4) Haiku           Popularized by D.Conway(1998) in Coy module,
>                    but were they popular before this?

Obviously a direct outgrowth of the poetry.

> 6) Obfus           Derived from JAPHS (?) 

Most likely the other way around.  There has been an annual
International Obfuscated C Code Contest since 1984.  If you look at
the history on their web site ( you will notice
that a certain L. Wall was a repeat winner.

> 7) Joke Modules    sh2perl (R.Schwartz,1998)

My "" was released on 8 January 1998.  I released
"" on 23 February 1998.  I can't think of any earlier joke
modules offhand, but of course that hardly means that there weren't

> 9) April Fools     1990: "Black Perl" --  L.Wall
>                    1998: sh2perl -- R.Schwartz
>                    1999: Semi::semicolons -- M.Schwern
>                    1999: "Java Mongers" -- ??
>                    2001: parrot -- S.Cozens
>                    2001: Acme::Buffy -- L.Brocard

There's some tradition of sending April Fool patches to p5p.
See for example

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