June 22, 2010
Every Internet user knows the word ‘spam’ and sees it in their inbox quite often. But not everyone knows that years ago the word ‘spam’ had nothing to do with either the Internet or emails.
‘Spam’ is an acronym derived from the words ‘spiced’ and ‘ham’.
In 1937, the Hormel Foods Corporation (USA) started selling minced sausage made from out-of-date meat. The Americans refused to buy this unappetizing product. To avoid financial losses the owner of the company, Mr. Hormel, launched a massive advertizing campaign which resulted in a contract to provide tinned meat products to the Army and Navy.