Happy birthday, Spam! Not the kind of spam you get in your inbox, but real Spam. The butt of a thousand jokes is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year! Did you know it got its start in 1937, a conglomeration of pork shoulder mixed with ham, plus salt and a little sugar, plus preservatives. You don’t even have to cook it—it’s cooked and ready to eat right out of the can.
According to the Spam website, 100 million pounds of Spam was given to allied troops during World War II, and in 2007, the 7 billionth can of Spam was sold!
There’s a Spam Museum in Austin, MN, if you happen to be traveling that way this summer, “home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of spiced pork artifacts,” and where you can test your knowledge with trivia games and yes, shop at the Spam store.
The folks at Spam have a ton of recipes on their website, everything from spam, avocado and cucumber sandwiches to mini maple Spam doughnuts. Yes!
One statistic says that on average, 3.8 cans are consumed every second in the United States. When was the last time you tried Spam?
And, of course, there’s the famous Monty Python skit. Just for fun, have another look!
Anyway, happy birthday to one of America’s most recognizable brands! And as the song goes, Spam! Spam! Spam! Spam! Lovely Spam! Lovely Spam!