Perhaps it shouldn't work without /e, but it does, at least with activestate perl 5.6.1. (obviously, you should use strict and warnings...)
$_="this is a #fish#\n";
this is a #fish#
this is a test
This is perl, v5.6.1 built for MSWin32-x86-multi-thread
(with 1 registered patch, see perl -V for more detail)
Copyright 1987-2001, Larry Wall
Binary build 626 provided by ActiveState Tool Corp. http://www.ActiveS
Built 01:31:15 May 2 2001
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