July 5, 1937

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com in 1937, Hormel Foods’s Spam luncheon meat was sold in stores for the first time. Originally named Hormel Spice Ham, it didn’t sell well. Hormel renamed it S(piced)(h)am and marketed that it had all the required preservatives, salts, sugars, and congealed fats that a body craved and it couldn’t keep it on the shelves. That, plus it was a cheap meat being sold during the Depression that could be kept in the pantry for months meant that arteries immediately starting clogging in the Southeastern United States.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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