Honestly, it's a long story and I'm pretty sure it came from at least a resident animation artist with the 'authority' to sign Matt's name, if not Matt himself. It was a surprise reward for helping out some vacationing strangers who were struggling a bit at sea. I tried linking to my original post with the full story, but couldn't find it via search and I'm too lazy to do it justice again.
And Yes I agree, we do need to go there!
With great power comes Awesome irresponsibility.