Who invented SPAM

Everyone knows that in the computer environment, spam is the advertising mailing of messages on the Internet to users who have not expressed a desire to receive them. Believe it or not, the word "spam" itself is much older than both the Internet and most users.

Originally, the word "SPAM" appeared in 1936. It stands for SPiced hAM or "spicy ham" (according to other sources Shoulder of Pork and hAM - "pork shoulders and ham") and was a trademark for the Hormel Foods Corporation canned meat.

After the Second World War, huge stocks of these canned food remained, made to supply not only American soldiers during the war, but also soldiers of the Allies under the Lend-Lease program. Whereas SPAM was sold relatively freely and therefore became a major meat substitute. A lot of SPAM was consumed by the poor in the post-war years; it is not surprising that during this time SPAM was pretty tired of the British. In order to somehow increase the heavily sagging sales and market its products, Hormel Foods ran the first active advertising campaign of its kind.

The word "SPAM" caught the eye on every corner, from the windows of all the cheap shops, it was written on the sides of buses and trams. This word could be read on the facades of houses and in newspapers. An advertisement for SPAM canned food was continuously broadcast on the radio.

Over time, the canned food was successfully sold out and the story was slightly forgotten, but in 1986, in Usenet conferences (the prototype of the Internet), many identical messages appeared from a certain Dave Rhodes, who advertised a new financial pyramid and got so many users with his mailings that someone remembered everyone who was post-war canned food advertising from SPAM and christened the intrusive ad spam. So the word "spam" was assigned a new meaning, which later passed into computer terminology to refer to annoying advertising mailings.

The new value was not to the liking of the SPAM corporation, it even sued the manufacturers of anti-spam software. The trial was won by SpamArrest - the firm was allowed to use the word "spam" along with Hormel. But, obviously, this process has become a precedent for the recognition of the word "spam" as a household name.