We always thought it was a joke when Mark Zuckerberg revealed his love of bison meat, when he introduced the Timeline earlier this year. The Facebook founder had pronounced that, "The only meat I'm eating is from animals I've killed myself," but now, thanks to AllThingsD's Kara Swisher, we know that Zuck also decorates with big game he hunts himself as well. Unnervingly explaining how a massive bison head (pictured above) ended up in Sheryl Sandberg's conference room, Swisher reports:
Zuckerberg placed it there recently as a prank, to surprise his top exec with the installation of the very hairy bison when she was away from Facebook’s Silicon Valley HQ. … The bison has now been nicknamed Billy and also sports a Facebook-branded baseball cap and occasional hoodie --natch! (My suggestion if you want to use a dead beast metaphor most effectively here would be to clad it all in Google swag.)
There's more to the story than a 27-year-old hunting big game and punking his employees, however. Swisher revealed the whole story behind Zuckerberg's bison battle, as Facebook closed the doors on their ramshackle, two-building -- but still very fancy -- Palo Alto headquarters. Over the weekend, movers hustled boxes over to the company's new space in the Sun Microsystems former campus in Menlo Park, near the water of the San Francisco Bay. Employees showed up at the new digs on Monday to mark a new era in Facebook history (and a new home for Billy).
The new era is all about camaraderie, said Sandberg, the victim of Mark Zuckerberg's bison prank. "Literally, the most important thing about this for us is just being together, just the proximity of being able to work together," Sandberg said recently. "I don't think it'll change the company that much, but I think as we grow, having contiguous space can only help communication."