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\N \N If all the cans of Spam ever consumed were put end-to-end, they would
\N \N Circle the globe at least 10 times.

In the United States alone, 3⅗ cans are consumed every second (assuming Spam is eaten night and day, 365 days a year.) There is even "I'm a Spam Fan", a book by Carolyn Wyman, a journalist from Middletown, CT. What is it exactly? Spam - Ground pork shoulder and ham fused with salt, sugar, water and sodium nitrate and stuffed into a can and sealed, dried, dated and shipped is popular for it's versatility. You can slice it, dice it, fry it, eat it raw, bake it or broil it. You can have it low-salt, smoke-flavored, traditional, or with processed American cheese chunks imbedded in its congealed matter. It needs no refrigeration and keeps to the end of time. That is why it's the all-time favorite choice for bomb-shelter and storm-cellar cuisine. Early canned ham was promoted as a health food after it's 1937 introduction by the George A. Hormel Company, reports "The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste" by Jane and Michael Stern. Spam according to "Bad Taste" was the ultimate war baby: After World War II, Nikita Krushchev credited Allied troops for saving thousands of lives with the gifts of countless cases of Spam to the starving Russian army. At the same time in England, many families ate nothing but Spam for weeks while meat was rationed. In Hawaii, meal preparers took such a liking to the canned meat matter during World War II that islanders still eat an approximate four cans per person per year - more than any other people on the globe. SOURCE:*Ocala Star-Banner, Ocala, FL. POSTED BY: Jim Bodle 12/94. Article sent to me by Bev Conover.

Submitted By JIM BODLE On 12-18-94

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