Was Excel once a creative product?

«Torture the data, and it will confess to anything.»
Ronald Coase

I hate, hate, hate Excel with the power of an imploding star (given it sucks as much), but it’s easy to forget that Excel was once … a creative product? At least judging from this advertisement:

Different times.

Hmmm, and I wonder which value these sheets have, given how they were done. But that’s Excel for you — a torture chamber for data.