Origin Of Spam!

Here’s something you might have missed. Not an illusion really, but wanted to share this with you guys and gals. Apparently what we considered spam in last few years is nothing compared to this! During the time, people forgot from where this term originates from, so heres a little reminder so you feel educated :) I would really like to know more on this topic. Anyone feels like browsing wikipedia for more info? Please post your comments! So, it appears we were all under illusion of spam being only internet junk – actually it’s something quite different. Enjoy!

From Wikipedia:

Spam is a popular Monty Python sketch, first broadcast in 1970. In the sketch, two customers are trying to order a breakfast from a menu that includes the processed meat product in every dish. The term spam (in electronic communication, and as of 2006, general slang) is derived from this sketch.

Only three and a half minutes long, it builds up into a semi-argument between the waitress who has a menu limited to having Spam in just about everything (“Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, sausage, eggs and Spam“), and Mrs. Bun, who is the only one in the room who does not want it (despite there being some items mentioned that do not actually include Spam, she nevertheless asks for an item without Spam in it).

The phenomenon, some years later, of marketers drowning out discourse by flooding Usenet newsgroups and individuals’ email with junk mail advertising messages was named spamming, recounting the repetitive and unwanted presence of Spam in the sketch.

28 Replies to “Origin Of Spam!”

  1. Ya had a test in school didn’t have enough time to look at this AWSOME website. But n wayz ya i kinda sorta already knew that. But not that much information cool.

  2. As an ‘older person’, I know where the word was derived from. Spiced Ham are the two words used….. But I don’t know what hapens to the icedh.

  3. We Want More Cool Stuff YAY YOU!!!

    Awsome stuff like YAH

    But ya like i said before cool Illusion. Did you no i didn’t really no how to spell illusion really good untill i had to start spelling it for this website….. And i am in HIGH SCHOOL!!!

  4. I saw a picture of it on myspace [yeah i know..kids these days, i tell you they have no lives] but i thought it was photoshoped. then again i don’t eat pork so i wouldn’t really know these stuff. to be honest the sacond to last picture kinda looks like bad tuna, grossss! ha :]]

  5. Yeah, we know that ;-)
    SPiced hAM- made famous by Monty Python, a stapple of the british lunch menu for much of the 70’s and 80’s, still available today (i think_) but wouldn’t go near it with a barge pole. ‘Something Posing As Meat’ should be enough to tell you why!

  6. Ha I love Monty Pythons. I remember an episode…

    “I’ll have a cheese and spam sandwich without the spam”.

    “How about you lady?”

    “I’ll have a lettuce, tomato and spam sandwich with extra spam”

    “and would you like spam with that?”

    “No thankyou”



    “I’ll have some spam, just make sure there’s no spam in it”.

    Ahh I loved that show…tee hee…….

  7. Guess I’m about to show my age, but I remember Spam before the computer was even a gleam in Bill Gates’ eye. We ate it all the time. When the term was eventually applied to e-mail, I made the connection instantly. Knowing what I know now about both, I don’t have anything to do with either.

  8. SPAM actually stands for ‘Special Processed American Meat’, and as far as I’m aware, production was started in order to give long-lasting protein to soldiers fighting in WW2, since it keeps forEVER. I’ve not corroborated with Wikipedia yet though so it may be some useless nugget of trivia that actually has no standing…

    1. The History Channel had a special on SPAM. According to the program, SPAM stands for Shoulder Pork and Ham – it’s two main ingredients

  9. i have actually been through this already and i have watched a tv show about spam and the
    history of it so let em break it down for you.

    teh name spam actually comes from putting the first 2 letters of one word and teh last 2 letters of another word together to make the name. what words are those you ask? SPiced hAM take sp from spiced and teh am from ham put them together you get SPAM. ok it has been around since WWII and was actually a military ration (k-rat/C-rat) however it became quite popular especially in the hawaiian islands where to this day hawaiians are teh LARGEST consumer of teh product spam.

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