A couple of years ago, I brought home a can of Spam for my kids to try. Cultural experience, you know. But I chickened out at the last minute, “oh, they’ll never eat this,” so I didn’t open it. Kid #2 walked into the kitchen, said, “Hey, what’s that?” I said, “That’s Spam, you won’t like it.” He said, “Oh, yeah?” and I ended up slicing it and frying it for him, and the next thing I knew, all three of them were arguing over who got the last piece (I am not making this up).
So ever since, Spam is kind of a special treat at our house (I swear I am NOT making this up :rolleyes: would I make up something like this?)
Also, we were watching the Monty Python “Spam” skit a while ago (2 out of the 3 are old enough to understand this rarified pleasure), and I was trying to explain why Spam was such a joke, especially in Britain. “Well, it’s because after World War II, they had a severe food shortage, with rationing, and meat was especially scarce”–my kids also watched that Michael Palin movie about the pig that the people in this village were hiding, so they got that part–“and what the U.S. did was, we sent them Spam. So basically the only meat they had to eat, for years, was Spam.” That was the gist of the story as I had it from my elders. (I’m not talking about the invention of Spam, just Spam in relation to Britain and the post-war austerity program.)
But then I got to wondering if I had the story right. IS that in fact why the Monty Python skit makes Spam out to be such a big joke (there’s nothing to eat except Spam)?