April Fool Pranks in Sun Microsystems Over the YearsBy Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Sun Microsystems in her glory days was reputed for playing elaborate and very enjoyable pranks on executives of the company, mostly during April Fools day. Here is an extensive list compiled by Matt M Pérez.
This will also give you an insight on how fun was Sun during those days. The earlier ones appears to be better, so you may want to check the bottom of the list first.
|Ed Zander and Scott McNealy
|Scott’s office was turned into a day care center and a picture of a guy with Ed’s mask stealing equipment from the back of a truck is published.
|Pond in Car in Office
|A water tank full of catfish in Andy’s 911, inside his office.
|Trip around the World
|Raduchel is made to look like he committed “fraud” and McNealy outs him at the annual VP/Directors Meeting.
|Scott McNealy and Curt Wozniak
|Sun execs were fooled into a playing hockey with hockey luminaries like Bobby Hall. Sharks players attended and signed autographs (but at the last minute could not participate for legal reasons). As the game starts Bobby Hall hooks McNealy who manages not to fall.
|SMLI/SunSoft water fight
|Not an April Fool’s prank, but worth mentioning anyway. A (kinda) working catapult was build atop Building 10.
|Office in Pond
|Wayne’s office in Steinhart Aquarium. Wayne, in his scooba hear, sits in his office, underwater while a shark swims right behind him. Thanks for all the fish.
|Sun Execs at Apple
|John Scully et al
|Sun execs walk into Apple’s staff meeting wearing masks of Apple execs. Scully was not amused.
|All the Wood Behind one Arrow
|Huge arrow through McNealy’s office in PAL-1, out through the front of the building.
|Debugging Building 12
|OpenWindow team et al
|Building 12 was wrapped in plastic and “fumigated.” A huge “NO BUGS” sign hanging from a crane pointed to the building and could be seen from Hwy 101.
|Office in Elevator/Birds in Office
|Bernard’s office in Building 5 was moved out to the elevator and his office was turned into a bird sanctuary, including a pair of peacocks.
|Golf course in Office
|Scott McNealy and Bernie Lacroute
|Their offices in Building 6 were combined into a raised golf course, including a sand trap and a water fountain with a peeing angel.
|Car in Pond
|Bill’s car appears in the middle of the pond behind Building 6, resting placidly on the surface of the water. Bill is given a dingie to go rescue his car.
|Car in Office
|A fully functional VW appears in his office in Building 5 and he signs the title for it.
|Office in Pond
|Eric’s office is moved to the platform over the pond between Building 5 and 1.