A figure in contemporary American social criticism once opined, "If it hasn't been on TV or the Movies, then as far as the masses are concerned, it doesn't exist."
The proposition is obviously dubious, but this raises a question. Java, Unix, Windows et al have been mentioned in the popular media in various contexts. Can Perl boast the same success in piercing the veil of public awareness? Has anyone ever seen or heard a reference to perl in 1) a motion picture; 2) a television show or tv news broadcast (other than some strictly technical program); or 3) a book or other popular media context that was not intended for a technial audience? (e.g., comic book, novel, biography etc)
Very interested to know if it has a toehold in the mindshare of at least a tiny percentage of non-technically-oriented Americans (or any other country).