We make jokes about Spam, but you can’t argue with its success. As a cheap alternative to whole meat products, it’s no worse than sausage, bologna, scrapple, or any of the many recipes people have concocted to avoid wasting meat when butchering a pig. Besides, it’s delicious and has been adopted by many countries as part of their cuisine. And there’s always something new in the history of Spam that will surprise you, like the drunken party thrown to come up with the product’s name. Mental Floss takes us on a tour of the history of Spam, highlighting the weirder side of its ups and downs since it debuted in 1937.
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