While numerous Mac news sites reported on Apple’s 10-K filing with the SEC today, none dug deep enough into the details to reveal an interesting tidbit about the company’s fiscal year ended September 31st.
According to the filing, the company was attacked by a horde of giant ants some time during the second quarter. Several employees lost their lives, including one who was tragically just days away from retirement. His fellow employees swore vengeance against the ants and routed them from the campus, but not before everyone learned something about themselves.
The entire incident would have gone unnoticed if the company had not claimed a little-known tax exemption set up in the 1950s specifically for companies that suffered an attack by giant ants.
“They were a lot more prevalent back then,” said IRS spokesperson Nell Peterson.
Apple was stoic about the incident.
“We don’t like to make a big deal out of it,” said Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. “We were attacked by giant ants.”
Schiller shrugged. “Eh. It happens. Whaddaya gonna do?”
Chief Technologist Avie Tevanian also took the attack in stride.
“Oh!” Tevanian said, when reminded. “The giant ant thing. Heh-heh. Yeah… that was funny.”
Some sources at the company claim that it was also attacked by giant bees, but it garnered even less interest as there is no tax exemption for such an attack.