I was just thinking about how much junk email I get, and since it’s called “spam,” I started thinking about the meat-product that inspired the name (via Monty Python and their Spam song). I mean, has anyone here ever eaten Spam? I know I haven’t. What the heck does it taste like? Is it any good? I mean, it’s canned ham… or some kind of ham-flavoured substitute, I suppose.
According to the Spam website, Spam was first introduced in 1937, and it fed Allied troops in WWII (ew!). In 1963 they introduced “deviled Spam” (a possible oxymoron), in 1971 they introduced Hickory-Smoked Spam and Spam With Cheese. For those watching their weight, Spam Lite was created in 1992, and contained 25% less fat and sodium; in 1995, the fat content was reduced by 50% (sodium levels apparently remain high: 580 mg of sodium are in each serving). In 1997 the bizarre product “Spam Oven Roasted Turkey” was introduced (is it turkey or is it spam? the mind reels!). Hot and Spicy Spam was introduced in 2000, to corner the hot-n-spicy market (did you realize salsa is the number one condiment in America?). In 2004, Spam With Real Bacon was put on the market (pig and MORE pig? Spam, you’re CRAZY!), and in 2007 a grand total of 7 BILLION cans of the stuff had been sold worldwide. How’s that for insanity?
Spam, man. Honestly, I don’t get it. If you’ve got a Spam-related story (about the canned ham product, and not the junk email), I’d like to hear it!