I just saw this parody of scientific visualizations, the Viz-o-Matic. Not sure if it was, but we could do this in IDL (although I’m not sure about how easy it would have been in 1993).
This reminds me of the swivel.com presenter at Vis07 talking about the “bling my graph” option on swivel.
Via Tufte comment thead. Note the links to the Viz-o-Matic are rotten, use mine or search for it.