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SPAM turns 80 today.

(The following sketch, not quite as old.)

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Ok.. I'll bite.
What was the first instance of SPAM that was sent and how do we know it was 80 years ago today?
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antiussentiment wrote:
Ok.. I'll bite.
What was the first instance of SPAM that was sent and how do we know it was 80 years ago today?


...actually that makes me wonder how we equated pressed canned meat with random unsolicited messages. There's got to be a connection there somewhere, but I'm just not seeing it.
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jeffreyac wrote:
antiussentiment wrote:
Ok.. I'll bite.
What was the first instance of SPAM that was sent and how do we know it was 80 years ago today?


...actually that makes me wonder how we equated pressed canned meat with random unsolicited messages. There's got to be a connection there somewhere, but I'm just not seeing it.
Watch the Monty Python clip. The idea of getting spammed, i.e. continually being barraged by something unwanted, originated there.
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antiussentiment wrote:
Ok.. I'll bite.
What was the first instance of SPAM that was sent and how do we know it was 80 years ago today?
I am not sure any one ever sent spam when it was first invented (except I suppose to the shops that stocked it).
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Mmmmmmm...I love SPAM. Salty, savory, crispy when fried. Good stuff.
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Thunkd wrote:
jeffreyac wrote:
antiussentiment wrote:
Ok.. I'll bite.
What was the first instance of SPAM that was sent and how do we know it was 80 years ago today?


...actually that makes me wonder how we equated pressed canned meat with random unsolicited messages. There's got to be a connection there somewhere, but I'm just not seeing it.
Watch the Monty Python clip. The idea of getting spammed, i.e. continually being barraged by something unwanted, originated there.
Watch the clip, it is about having to put of with spam in everything.

Spam Fritters, Spam Rissoles, Spam bloody sandwiches. It was the plastic cheese of it's day "can I actually get something that does not have cheese?".

 
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Coyotek4 wrote:
SPAM turns 80 today.


Actually, my birthday is in November. But thanks for thinking of me.


BuckWilde wrote:
Mmmmmmm...I love SPAM.


I love you too, man.

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antiussentiment wrote:
Ok.. I'll bite.
What was the first instance of SPAM that was sent and how do we know it was 80 years ago today?


First tinned pork shoulder product of this name sold in 1937...

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Has anyone here ever tried a spamburger like the one depicted on the package? How are they?

And more importantly, I wonder how they compare to the infamous cheeseburger in a can.
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no really


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jeffreyac wrote:
antiussentiment wrote:
Ok.. I'll bite.
What was the first instance of SPAM that was sent and how do we know it was 80 years ago today?


...actually that makes me wonder how we equated pressed canned meat with random unsolicited messages. There's got to be a connection there somewhere, but I'm just not seeing it.


If only there was an easily accessed vast resource of information available to us.

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BuckWilde wrote:
Mmmmmmm...I love SPAM. Salty, savory, crispy when fried. Good stuff.


[Checks to see if BuckWilde is from Hawaii ... isn't. Hmm.]
 
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I miss spamcakes from when I was a kid....not sure why I have to miss them, I'm a grown-ass man. I could totally make them.

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I miss spamcakes from when I was a kid....not sure why I have to miss them, I'm a grown-ass man. I could totally make them.
That looks disgusting. And like something that would contribute to the"grown-ass" situation.
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Thunkd wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
I miss spamcakes from when I was a kid....not sure why I have to miss them, I'm a grown-ass man. I could totally make them.
That looks disgusting. And like something that would contribute to the"grown-ass" situation.


Don't knock it....add some syrup, and it's pretty good.
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erak wrote:
jeffreyac wrote:
antiussentiment wrote:
Ok.. I'll bite.
What was the first instance of SPAM that was sent and how do we know it was 80 years ago today?


...actually that makes me wonder how we equated pressed canned meat with random unsolicited messages. There's got to be a connection there somewhere, but I'm just not seeing it.


If only there was an easily accessed vast resource of information available to us.



Didn't need to read that (though I looked at the first couple of paragraphs of the History section) to remember Cantor and Siegel, the "green card lawyers". Early 1994 I see (I didn't remember which year exactly) which makes sense when 1993 is usually considered the start of the permanent September.
 
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The Green Card spam of 1994 was not famous for being the first commercial mass spam, it was the first that didn't get the original posters kicked off the internet.

Yes children, gather 'round, because back in my day we kicked people off the internet for posting ads. What's that you say? That couldn't be possible? Ha! Remember back in the day, the internet ran on phones. And phones need someone to answer them. And if you posted an ad yesterday, the branch node that served your phone connection wouldn't allow you to connect today. Yes, that really happened. In fact, it was such common knowledge that your node could be cut for a day that most people were very careful not to post ads!

But then those Green Card jerks threatened to sue the upstream node and BAM! ads from that day to this.

But to say the Green Card spam was first is simply false.



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In 1937 the first batch of Spam was made. Any day now, they'll need to make another.
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The Green Card spam of 1994 was not famous for being the first commercial mass spam, it was the first that didn't get the original posters kicked off the internet.

Yes children, gather 'round, because back in my day we kicked people off the internet for posting ads. What's that you say? That couldn't be possible? Ha! Remember back in the day, the internet ran on phones. And phones need someone to answer them. And if you posted an ad yesterday, the branch node that served your phone connection wouldn't allow you to connect today. Yes, that really happened. In fact, it was such common knowledge that your node could be cut for a day that most people were very careful not to post ads!

But then those Green Card jerks threatened to sue the upstream node and BAM! ads from that day to this.

But to say the Green Card spam was first is simply false.


Which is why I didn't. I referred to the Wikipedia article and its history section. Read that and it has what it claims to be the first recorded instance, before Cantor and Siegel.

But simply posting an advert would not have been classified as spam. What made it spam was posting multiple copies. (There used to be distinctions as to exactly how.) Cantor and Siegel hit multiple Usenet groups. But advertising by multiple posting still didn't make them first.
 
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