What is spam?

  • (verb): Send unwanted or junk e-mail.
    See also — Additional definitions below


Spam (shortened from spiced ham) is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation, first introduced in 1937. The labeled ingredients in the classic variety of Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, and sodium nitrite as a preservative. Spam's gelatinous glaze, or aspic, forms from the cooling of meat stock. The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends about mystery meat, which has made it part of pop culture and folklore. Through a Monty Python sketch, in which Spam is portrayed as ubiquitous and inescapable, its name has come to be given to electronic spam, including spam email.

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Some articles on spam:

... cookoff held in Austin, Texas from 1976 to 2007 as a parody of Spam ... Cooking entries included various flavors of SPAM ice cream, Moo Goo Gai SPAM, GuacaSPAMole, chicken-fried SPAM, SPAMguini, and SPAMalama Ding Dong, a ... Other events included the SPAM carving display involving themes based on current events, body parts, or animals such as the SPAMagator, the SPAM calling contest, the SPAM toss, the SPAM facial ...
International Usage - Spam Celebrations
... Spam is celebrated in Austin, Minnesota, home to the Spam Museum ... of the Hormel company, the origin of Spam and its place in world culture ... Austin is also the location of final judging in the national Spam recipe competition ...
Srizbi Botnet - Incidents - Malicious Spam Tripling Volumes in A Week
... Srizbi managed to triple the amount of malicious spam sent from an average 3% to 9.9%, largely due to its own effort ... This particular spam wave was an aggressive attempt to increase the size of the Srizbi botnet by sending emails to users which warned them that they had been videotaped naked ... Sending this message, which is a kind of spam referred to as "Stupid Theme", was an attempt to get people to click the malicious link included in the mail, before ...
Srizbi Botnet - Incidents - The "Ron Paul" Incident
... In October 2007, several anti-spam firms noticed an unusual political spam campaign emerging ... The Ron Paul camp dismissed the spam as being not related to the official presidential campaign ... Either way, this is independent work, and we have no connection." The spam was ultimately confirmed as having come from the Srizbi network ...
Superstitial - Concerns - Spam
... The Internet’s low cost of disseminating advertising contributes to spam, especially by large-scale spammers ... Numerous efforts have been undertaken to combat spam, ranging from blacklists to regulatorily-required labeling to content filters, but most of those efforts ...

More definitions of "spam":

  • (noun): A canned meat made largely from pork.
  • (noun): Unwanted e-mail (usually of a commercial nature sent out in bulk).
    Synonyms: junk e-mail