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Happy birthday, Spam! 16 things
you didn´t know about the brand

New Orleans Time-Picayune, by Cecily McAndrews

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Posted By:tank, 8/19/2014 8:40:21 AM

Spam looks pretty good for 77! The iconic blue can's birthday just passed, and in honor, here are 16 things you probably didn't know about this porky classic.1. An actor thought up the name.On New Year's Eve 1936, Jay Hormel threw a party and asked his guests to submit their most creative names for his new product. Kenneth Daigneau, a New York-based actor, wrote down Spam. Hormel loved the name, Daigneau won $100, and in July 1937, the first can of Spam rolled off the production line. (Here's a picture of Daigneau - look at those eyebrows!)2. Since then, it's sold more than 8 billion cans.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: AGGW, 8/19/2014 8:44:19 AM     (No. 9971523)

Love my Spam.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/19/2014 8:56:38 AM     (No. 9971544)

Me too, #1. But, I can´t find the hickory-smoked version any more. That was my favorite. I always keep a couple of cans on the pantry shelf for a sandwich emergency fix.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/19/2014 9:01:21 AM     (No. 9971549)

Why does Spam frighten me ?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thelmalou, 8/19/2014 9:08:08 AM     (No. 9971553)

Hello, my name is ThelmaLou, and I like Spam.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 8/19/2014 9:20:36 AM     (No. 9971576)

I spent 10 days in the Austin plant where they make it - and I can still eat it.

(I worked on the film in the Museum. Original host for the film? Al Franken.)

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/19/2014 9:29:35 AM     (No. 9971589)

Loathe it. Always have.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/19/2014 9:34:27 AM     (No. 9971594)

To quote Monty Python:

Sshh, dear, don´t cause a fuss. I´ll have your spam. I love it. I´m having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam beaked beans spam spam spam and spam.

In Hawaii Spam is wildly popular as Spam musubi; looks like a piece of sushi except with a chunk of spam on a chunk of rice with the seaweed wrapped around it like electrical tape. Yum!

The lower sodium version is really good.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: snakeoil, 8/19/2014 9:47:28 AM     (No. 9971620)

My Holiday meal for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter is a SPAM sandwich. Yummy!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: KingBubo, 8/19/2014 10:31:02 AM     (No. 9971707)

My father would clear the house when he fried spam.
They say Hawaiians love it because it tastes like human, lol

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 8/19/2014 11:07:56 AM     (No. 9971763)

Those that don´t like Spam are uneducated and have the taste-buds of an aardvark. It´s truly a delight for we upper class types! (SMILE)

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Reply 11 - Posted by: grampus, 8/19/2014 11:34:51 AM     (No. 9971797)

It´s popular at our house. Not long ago, my foreign-born wife reminded me that on my next trip to the store I should pick up a can of "low-fat sperm."

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Happy birthday, Spam! 16 things
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New Orleans Time-Picayune, by Cecily McAndrews    Original Article
Posted By: tank- 8/19/2014 8:40:21 AM     Post Reply
Spam looks pretty good for 77! The iconic blue can's birthday just passed, and in honor, here are 16 things you probably didn't know about this porky classic.1. An actor thought up the name.On New Year's Eve 1936, Jay Hormel threw a party and asked his guests to submit their most creative names for his new product. Kenneth Daigneau, a New York-based actor, wrote down Spam. Hormel loved the name, Daigneau won $100, and in July 1937, the first can of Spam rolled off the production line. (Here's a picture of Daigneau - look at those eyebrows!)2. Since then, it's sold more than 8 billion cans.



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