Thanks for the correction brian. I was working from an old Perl Mongers talk I gave a while back and it seems I got it wrong. I can't find merlyn making any claim of an earlier incarnation of sh2perl, but in
this response from Ian Phillipps to Schwern Schwern mentions that a "mythological sh2perl program was one that would email your shell program to either comp.lang.perl (back when there was *only* comp.lang.perl) or Tom Christiansen". (This is also the reference where Ian mentions his little joke program generator).