Offbeat News: Spam, SPAM and Saddam

It's been a tough week for Hormel.

The president signs an e-mail nuisance bill called the CAN-SPAM (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003, ed: now thats a mouthful) law -- unfortunate for Hormel, given the company's most famous product. The association is blamed on the Monty Python comedic skit where vikings chant so loudly about SPAM that nobody else can talk.

And earlier this week, Hormel picked up a surprise unpaid endorsement from a despised, and ungroomed, tyrant. There he was in all his scraggly infamy...Saddam Hussein, dragged from his spider hole. And what was in the kitchen of the hovel where he was camped out? SPAM.

"It's further evidence of the popularity of SPAM worldwide," said a Hormel Foods Corp. spokeswoman, who admitted she'd been kind of dreading a call on the subject.

Now you'd think that Saddam, given his religious background, wouldn't be too big on SPAM. But Baathists can't be choosers, right?

News source: CNN

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