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SpamHappy birthday Spam! Today we celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the luncheon meat Spam.  75 years ago on this day in history, July 5, 1937, the Hormel Foods Company introduced Spam to the world.

QUESTION:

How many years did it take to produce the one billionth can of Spam?

ANSWER:

22

EXPLANATION:

The mystery meat known as Spam is quite popular!  On average, 3.8 cans are consumed every second in the United States.  Spam is sold in 41 countries worldwide, sold on six continents and trademarked in over 100 different countries. The residents of the state of Hawaii and the territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands consume the most Spam per capita in the United States. On average, each person on Guam consumes 16 tins of Spam each year. Guam, Hawaii, and Saipan, the CNMI’s principal island, have the only McDonald’s restaurants that feature Spam on the menu. In Hawaii, Burger King began serving Spam in 2007 on its menu to compete with the local McDonald’s chains.

In the United Kingdom, Spam is often sliced, battered and deep-fried becoming known as ‘Spam fritters’.

In China, Spam is an increasingly popular food item, and often used in sandwiches. Hormel has had a joint-venture in Shanghai for 16 years which has been highly successful in promoting Spam. In 2005, the Chinese division of Spam was one of the most profitable parts of the Hormel company.

In the history of Spam, the following years are consumption highlights:

  • 2007 – the seven-billionth can  of Spam products was produced.
  • 1994 – the five-billionth can of Spam products was produced.
  • 1980 – The three-billionth can of Spam products was produced.
  • 1970 – The two-billionth can of Spam products was produced.
  • AND in 1959, 22 years after its introduction, the one-billionth can of Spam was produced.

And finally, how can we have a discussion of Spam without Monty Python:

NET CHECK-IN’s:

A total of 25 Amateur Operators checked into the Net tonight and 4 of those had the correct answer to the Trivia Question.

Congratulations go out to:

  • Thomas – KE6MSS
  • Sidney – KG6RDA
  • Harry – KF6ZQM
  • Timothy – KJ6TIG

And thanks to everyone who checked in and supported the Net tonight.

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