SPAM

Does it surprise you when you walk into a supermarket and see cans of SPAM on the shelves? Who buys this stuff?

Probably the most hated side-effect of the internet is spam, and labeling something “spam” is the worst insult that can be given to something that is web-related. I don’t think I have ever eaten SPAM, I’m sure it is disgusting. But then again, maybe it actually tastes good. It has been on the market since 1937 and still seems to be selling strong. I just know that if I ever got around to trying it, sinking my teeth into that first bite of SPAM would be accompanied by odious thoughts of an inbox crammed full of emails for penis enlargement products, online degrees, cam chat, zaire bank transfers, garbled gobbley gook with a bunch of links, and other assorted nasties.

Some spam questions:

1. Have you ever eaten SPAM?
2. How has the internet era affected Hormel’s bottom line? Has the infamy of spam bolstered or hurt sales?
3. What if Hormel started an email spam campaign for SPAM?
4. What qualifies something as “spam” on the internet?

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