Spam Folder

I don’t know who originally decided to refer to junk email as ‘Spam,’ but I think it was a stroke of genius. Every once in a while I have a reason to search through my spam folder for something, and it can feel like searching through a pile of gristle, fat and cow-snouts.

Fun fact: I knew someone who grew up in the Asian-American community in Hawaii. She said that her grandparent’s generation had all sorts of recipes involving canned Spam because, during WW2, it was the only meat (other than fish) that you could get in Hawaii that was remotely close to affordable for most people.

One thing that caught my eye this morning was the large number of spam messages advertising dating services for ‘Christian Singles.’ Really? I’m not on the market, but somehow having my pool of potential dates limited to Bible thumpers is the least appealing potential pitch I’ve heard in a long time.

4 Comments on “Spam Folder”

  1. I don't know if most people realize it (or even care), but the typeface for the word “SPAM” on the package is Souvenir Black. Souvenir is the typeface family for the Moldvay/Cook B/X edition of D&D. It's also the house font I use for all the New Big Dragon layouts (e.g., mini-adventures and d30 DM Companion).

  2. you're missing out, stephen, if you havn't tried bacon flavored spam (:

  3. Malcadon says:

    To my knowledge, it started in one of those older massage broads in the mid '90s, as a Monty Python joke. That is, where in the skit, you'll get Spam no matter what you ordered, but with you're inbox, you always get junk e-mail when you log-in.

    I'm full aware of the popularity of Spam in Hawaii. And I hear they have some great recipes!

    I tend to get “Would you like to meet [young/old/sexy] [ethnic race] women?” letters.

  4. Stephan Poag says:

    And here I thought you were going to say that I was missing out because I hadn't tried Christians who were desperate for a date.

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