Spam Versus SPAM in the Can
We all know SPAM is no longer solely ham in a can (yeah, it is turkey in a can too), but also the insistent mail that resides in almost all of our e-mail boxes. That said, I couldn’t help but wonder if the SPAM family of products has undergone decreased sales simply by possessing the same name as one of people’s top banes of existence.
Let’s look at the similarities of SPAM in a Can versus e-mail spam:
- Comes in a variety of sizes.
- Comes under numerous aliases. (One of my favorites was Vladimir Putin, which was received by my colleague Brian Summerfield.)
- Reaches mobile devices everyday.
- Has many anti-spam clubs.
SPAM in the CAN:
- Comes in a variety of sizes—12 ounces and 7 ounces.
- Comes in variety of names—Classic, Hickory Smoked Flavored, Hot & Spicey, Less Sodium, Lite and Oven Roasted.
- Has recently gone mobile with an official SPAMMobile Truck.
- Has a fan club.
However, perhaps the funniest connection between these two is the fact that the legislation enacted in the United States to combat e-mail spam is called the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, which regards spamming as a crime or as an actionable tort.
Coincidence? I think not.