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Spam
SPAM logo.jpg
Course Main course or ingredient
Place of origin US
Created by Hormel Foods Corporation
Serving temperature Hot or cold
Main ingredients Pork
Other information A precooked canned meat product
Spam can
A can of spam

Spam is a canned meat food made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. It is made from pork shoulder meat and ham. Spam Lite, a newer kind of Spam, is made with pork and chicken.

There have been many ideas about what the word "Spam" means. The Hormel Foods Corporation once said that it means "Shoulder of Pork and Ham", but in some dictionaries "Spam" means "SPiced hAM".

Spam was used a lot in World War II, as there wasn't proper meat. Because of that, spam was used as a rationed item.

Jokes about Spam

  • The British comedy group Monty Python created a short play about Spam in 1970. In it, a lady who does not like Spam is talking to a waitress in a restaurant when a bunch of Vikings cut their conversation by singing the word "Spam" over and over again. The lady does not like what is happening and eventually the word "Spam" became widely used to mean unwanted email messages.
  • There is also a song called Spam. It was sung by Weird Al Yankovic and first recorded in 1988.

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