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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2 Responses to July 5, 1937

  1. Hungover Commenter says:

    Do you have to post so LOUD?

    I don’t remember exactly what happened last night, but it must’ve been some more July 4th party, going by all of the empty beer cans and bottles and the size of my headache this morning.

    My missing eyebrows are a mystery, but I figure either I got too close to some fireworks or one of my “friends” shaved them off while I was passed out. I’m assuming it was the fireworks, since I don’t seem to have any dicks drawn on my face.

    Either way, I must’ve had a good time. It’s too bad I can’t remember any of it.

    I also don’t know where the goat came from.

  2. A Hungry Viking says:

    I could really go for some spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam, right about now.


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