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Spam is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, and sodium nitrite to help keep its color. Spam's gelatinous glaze, or aspic, forms from the cooling of meat stock. The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends about mystery meat, which has made it part of pop culture and folklore.

Varieties of Spam vary by region and include Spam Classic, Spam Hot & Spicy, Spam Less Sodium, Spam Lite, Spam Oven Roasted Turkey, Hickory Smoked, and Spam Spread.

Spam sold in North America, South America, and Australia is produced in Austin, Minnesota, (also known as Spam Town USA) and in Fremont, Nebraska. Spam for the UK market is produced in Denmark by Tulip under license from Hormel. Spam is also made in the Philippines and in South Korea. In 2007, the seven billionth can of Spam was sold.

Introduced on July 5, 1937, the name "Spam" was chosen when the product, whose original name was far less memorable (Hormel Spiced Ham), began to lose market share. The name was chosen from multiple entries in a naming contest. A Hormel official once stated that the original meaning of the name "Spam" was "Shoulder of Pork and Ham". According to writer Marguerite Patten in Spam – The Cookbook, the name was suggested by Kenneth Daigneau, an actor and the brother of a Hormel vice president, who was given a $100 prize for creating the name. At one time, the official explanation was that the name was a portmanteau of "Spiced Ham". According to the British documentary-reality show "1940's House", when SPAM was offered by the United States to those affected by World War II in the UK, SPAM stood for Specially Processed American Meats.

Many jocular backronyms have been devised, such as "Something Posing As Meat", "Specially Processed Artificial Meat", "Stuff, Pork and Ham", "Spare Parts Animal Meat" and "Special Product of Austin Minnesota".

According to Hormel's trademark guidelines, Spam should be spelled with all capital letters and treated as an adjective, as in the phrase "SPAM luncheon meat".

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    :d
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    *prepares standard response for spam thread*

    Fuck off, you spamming cun...

    *STOP switch pressed in brain as SG actually reads the fucking thread*

    Oh wait. :lol:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I grew up next to Austin. They have a spam museum. I never went but every day I would see the billboards... "spam museum... curious yet?" I havn't been there in years, wonder if the billboard is still there.

    The whole town reeks in the summer, but they had the Target so we would still visit.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hmm. This has got me thinking.
    Why do they call unwanted emails 'spam'?:
    http://www.templetons.com/brad/spamterm.html

    The spam Marketing campaign (posted on b3ta.com)
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