This is a second response to the current Six Sentence Stories prompt “junk”, provided by Denise at GirlieontheEdge. Join in to read and write stories, poems, and more that in some way adhere to the rule of Six.
In a 1945 New Yorker interview, Jay Hormel admitted to keeping what we could now call the first spam folder, a “Scurrilous File” that housed not junk mail but hate mail from GI’s the world over that were sick and tired of eating Spam®.
Though it is widely believed that the name Spam® comes from sp-iced h-am or is an acronym for Shoulder of Pork And Ham, or even the more specious acronym, scientifically processed animal matter, the truth may simply be that at a New Year’s Eve party where there was a naming contest for the product, “it just came out” and “the name was perfect”.
Despite those disgruntled GI’s, Spam® and other canned meats saved the bacon of the military in WWII by serving as a staple with a long shelf life that could withstand tropical temperatures. Spam® continues to be popular in many Pacific locales, with Korea second only to the U.S. in Spam® sales; Asian and Hawaiian cuisine incorporated and elevated this canned pork from junk lunch meat to fine dining ingredient.
Maybe you consider Spam® a food best left to the midden pile of history, but even so have a Cosco® case of it, stashed away in the early days of Covid. Speak up in the comments— should this iconic food be trashed or treasured?