Spam Question

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  1. G-Force Junkie

    G-Force Junkie Old Vulcan Guy

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    Here's a question, why did useless things like bump posts and junk e-mail get the title of spam? I'm really curious about this.
     
  2. G-Man

    G-Man A One Man's War

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    Are you asking why internet spam is called "spam" or why did these things fall under the spam category? :confused:
     
  3. Perfection

    Perfection The Great Head.

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    Because they're both useless junk that often leads to an unpleasant experience
     
  4. G-Force Junkie

    G-Force Junkie Old Vulcan Guy

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    Thanks, I've never touched the stuff and naming useless stuff over a network of computers after a food-like substance just seems a little on the silly side.
     
  5. metalhead

    metalhead Angry Bartender

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    Perfection - what could ever be useless about spiced ham???
     
  6. floppa21

    floppa21 Crusty Manhole

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    There's actually a book on Spam, the canned meat, and all it's uses. Yes, uses. Furniture polish is one...
     
  7. G-Man

    G-Man A One Man's War

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    I think in Israel they make it from red meat.... The IDF was buying tons of it untill about 2000, but it's still using them untill 2004 or 2005 :eek:
     
  8. bioartist

    bioartist aspiring epidemiologist

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    I'm pretty sure it came from a Monty Python skit...I never saw it myself, but I heard about it....

    These guys go into a diner and try to order some food, but all that's on the menu is spam...they don't like spam, but that's all they're getting.

    Every once in a while I'll hear my dad yell out of nowhere "But I don't like spam!" in that weird Monty Python voice:hmm:
     
  9. G-Man

    G-Man A One Man's War

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    Perfection The Great Head.

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    Okay, relatively useless, happy?
     
  11. Leha

    Leha ooseepoosee

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    He ment it's useless after , say , 7-8 hours ;)
     
  12. G-Man

    G-Man A One Man's War

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    Or in the IDF's case, 7-8 years...
     
  13. allan2

    allan2 Gone Fishing

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    Actually Spam can be quite good as a meat--used in things like casseroles. And it's cheap, and keeps probably forever in the can, so it's good in times when money is tight. I remember having it a lot when I was growing up.

    I've heard that Koreans (I think it was Koreans) have gotten to like the stuff, that it's become something of a delicacy there....

    The term "spam" probably comes from the Python sketch, particularly the song "spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam..."--annoying in its repetitive meaninglessness, a lot like electronic spam.
     
  14. Leha

    Leha ooseepoosee

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    :lol:

    Rrrrright
     
  15. Tsukemono5

    Tsukemono5 American Pickle

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    G-Man, isn't the waitress voice from that skit the mother of Brian from Life of Brian?
     
  16. G-Man

    G-Man A One Man's War

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    AKA Terry Jones ;)
     
  17. bioartist

    bioartist aspiring epidemiologist

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    Ah yes, that's the skit. Thanks G-Man!
     
  18. onejayhawk

    onejayhawk Afflicted with reason

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    If it was genuine SPAM, then it was genuine PORK. There are beef and poultry versions though.
    Metalhead nailed this one before your post. SPAM is a contraction of SPiced hAM, though that is a misnomer since it contains no ham.

    I would venture to guess that SPAM was a local expression somewhere for ubiquitous, ie found everywhere, coupled with connotations of cheaply made and mass produced. This would lead to the idea that mass emailings are SPAM, which is the meaning I first encountered. Once applied in that locality, the usage spread and the meaning broadened, since it is memorable and readily understandable in the abstract.

    J

    PS To anyone Kosher. Pork tastes remarkably like dark turkey meat, especially when cured or smoked. In case you ever wondered.
     
  19. Pontiuth Pilate

    Pontiuth Pilate Republican Jesus!

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    I always thought it came from

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    an ironic acronym which someone coined in order to liken spam mail to actual spam - since both are overabundant, tasteless, and annoying.
     
  20. superslug

    superslug Still hatin' on Khan Moderator Hall of Fame Staff

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    And here's the two places on the internet you can find the most spam:
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