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What is SPAM ? The Internet Society in 1999 gave this explanation for the meaning and origin of the word "spam":
"The term "spam" as it is used to denote mass unsolicited mailings or netnews postings is derived from a Monty Python sketch set in a movie/TV studio cafeteria. During that sketch, the word "spam" takes over each item offered on the menu until the entire dialogue consists of nothing but 'spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam and spam.' This so closely resembles what happens when mass unsolicited mail and posts take over mailing lists and netnews groups that the term has been pushed into common usage in the Internet community."
Do go have a look at Monty Python's Flying Circus "Spam skit", I'll wait here till you get back.
OK. I hope you enjoyed it. I'm a big Monty Python fan and love that sort of silly, British humour.
The above quote was written in a time before Blogging and refers to "netnews" postings. Who even knows or remembers what the heck a "netnews" posting was ? But here in the Blog-o-sphere, we're all acquainted with spam. In fact, I've been collecting some of the spam messages that I have been receiving. Often these lovely little personal messages, flatter my brilliant Blog-layout, writing-style, or pose questions regarding my blogging platform.
This is one of my favourites; to get the full impact of the scintillating writing-style this is best read out loud.
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I thought this one came at it from a refreshing angle:
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Perhaps if I ordered some penis enlargement pills my website would get more attention ? Hmmmm. Should I click that link ? Note: to protect you from accidentally visiting any of these sites, I've removed the actual links.
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You might be surprised at the countries of origin for much of this spam. Back in 2011 the biggest producer of spam was India; I am happy to report that the good ol' U.S. of A. has unseated them handily. The eager-to-improve, runners up are: Vietnam, South Korea, Russia, China, and then I saw something shiny and lost interest in the rest of the list.
It's an interesting sign of the times that I have not received a single spam message about breast enlargement. In my youth, magazines were full of ads for mysterious clam-shaped, exercise devices to help me magically increase my meagre bust size.
Instead I am being tempted to cleanse my colon, get rid of my hemorrhoids, clear up my genital warts, loose weight, wipe out my bad credit and enlarge my penis.
I'm starting to miss those old busty ads.