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Spam-maker Hormel Spends to Reclaim Name

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the ain't-gonna-happen dept.

Spam 201

An anonymous reader writes "Hormel, the company behind Spam (the meat product, not the unsolicited email), is launching an advertising campaign in Europe in an attempt to remind people it has been around a lot longer than offers of generic Viagra and fake Rolex watches. The BBC claims it will cost Hormel £2m."

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Spamtastic (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700273)

I for one welcome our new spiced ham overlords!

First post? (-1, Offtopic)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700274)

I saw a 503, just reporting that the server is busy.

Re:First post? (0, Offtopic)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700408)

Slashdot is slashdotting itself.

Re:First post? (-1, Offtopic)

Ced_Ex (789138) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700446)

Rather ironic that slashdot gets slashdotted.

Heh. (5, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700275)


Ads for Spam... go figure.

Re:Heh. (1)

davesplace1 (729794) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700536)

Yea ads for spam that is kind of funny. In Hawaii, they eat Spam the "spiced ham kind" like crazy. It is at least better than the email kind.

Re:Heh. (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700944)

Ads for Spam... go figure.

It's called Spam spam.

Re:Heh. (4, Funny)

Ziak (807893) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701252)

The real question is will they spam us about spam being diffrent then spam?

Brings new meaning to (2, Funny)

jaguar5150 (822144) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700280)

MORE SPAM PLEASE!!!

Re:Brings new meaning to (1)

Eric Giguere (42863) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700542)

Hmm.... this wasn't the spam reduction I had in mind when I wrote about the Vioxx recall! [ericgiguere.com]

Eric
How to detect Firefox [ericgiguere.com]

Advertising campaign? (4, Funny)

micromoog (206608) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700287)

I don't suppose they're getting the word out via a "direct email" campaign . . .

Thought this might make it to /. (3, Informative)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700294)

FWIW, although spam is already cooked, it's vastly improved by frying or barbequeing.

As an aside, is /. being /.ed today? It sounds silly put like that, but the page loading times seem to be up quite a bit and my attempt to submit this first time got a 503.

Re:Thought this might make it to /. (2, Funny)

webgit (805155) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700398)

Yeah, I keep getting error 503 as well. Maybe slashdot has been slashdotted, I mean it was linked to from slashdot in this post [slashdot.org] !

Re:Thought this might make it to /. (1)

vasqzr (619165) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700410)

I like it in the microwave. Throw a few slices in there wrapped in a paper towel, nuke it until it sizzles, then put it on slices of bread with mustard.

Yum.

Re:Thought this might make it to /. (1)

EvilAlien (133134) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700529)

FWIW, although spam is already cooked, it's vastly improved by frying or barbequeing.
Lots of technically edible things are "vastly improved" by subjecting them to heat, fat, etc. Rats, for example, are vastly improved if you BBQ them. At least I assume they are... if you are going to spend time perfecting SPAM cooking techniques, you might as well spend a bit of time figuring out how to cook rats too.

Personally, I prefer to hit the meat counter at Safeway and bring home a nice thick NY strip. They are pretty damn good when BBQed too.

Re:Thought this might make it to /. (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700644)


Yeah, but can it provide me with other kinds of "meat" ?!

The enlarged, grow-able variety to be precise.

Unpleasant mental images (3, Funny)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700811)

That depends. Do you find burly men in Viking helmets attractive?

Re:Unpleasant mental images (0)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700945)


You find boobs to be unpleasant imagery?

Do you find burly men in Viking helmets attractive?

Dude, I do not know what that was, but I sure as hell do pity your friends.

Please hand in your geek badge (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10701275)

He was referring to the Monty Python "Spam" skit that gave spam email it's name. The skit had guys dressed as Vikings chanting "Spam spam spam!"

my recipie (4, Funny)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700651)

I take the spam and dice it up in to 1cm cubes. Then I take a cube and slice it as thin as possible. Lay it in the center of a big hamburger bun, and top with lettuce, tomatoes, 1/2 lb barbecued ground beef, onions, and ketchup.

Makes a great sandwich -- just don't eat the middle.

Re:Thought this might make it to /. (3, Interesting)

Doctor Faustus (127273) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700915)

Slice it thin and fry it heavily, and it tastes like bacon. I should check sometime if it's healthier or cheaper than bacon...

Shred it, along with cheddar cheese and mix with relish and mayo and/or Miriacle Whip, and you've got Spam Salad, which is good for sandwiches. Grocery store delis frequently sell "Ham sandwich spread", which is similar.

Bake it with a glaze made of apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, cinnamon and clove, and you have Baked Spam, which my parents make occasionally. I've co-opted the glaze for ham steaks, but since realized that the Spam has a better texture.

Advertising eh? (5, Funny)

The-Bus (138060) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700297)

Perhaps in addition to their TV advertising, they could use other means? I know the internet is a really powerful place. Perhaps by individually contacting Europeans they are able to put their name to good use again. But we need to make sure all Europeans are contacted. I suggest Hormel engages in a direct electronic mail campaign to contact every European. To make sure the message is understood, I suggest the use of ALL CAPITALS.

That is all.

Re:Advertising eh? (1)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700764)

Maybe it would work better if they actually sold their stuff in Europe then.

I doubt you can find it anywhere outside of the UK.

SP@M 15 M3@T (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10701062)

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http://www.spam.com/ [spam.com]

http://www.spam.com/ [spam.com]

http://www.spam.com/ [spam.com]

http://www.spam.com/ [spam.com]

http://www.spam.com/ [spam.com]

http://www.spam.com/ [spam.com]

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Geek the vote! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700300)

Hey YOU

what are you doing here reading this???

Go vote!!!

It's today and it's Important!!!!

thanks,
AC

will they use SPAM? (1, Redundant)

khrtt (701691) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700301)

..to advertise SPAM? I mean, SPAM as in SPAM, not as in SPAM.. Ah, you know what I mean:-)

I'm not clear...is that.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700627)

a known known, a known unknown or an unknown unknown?

To spam, or not to spam. (1, Redundant)

mopslik (688435) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700312)

Hormel, the company behind Spam (the meat product, not the unsolicited email), is launching an advertising campaign in Europe...

I can see the marketing discussion now:

Marketer 1: "We need to get the word out about Hormel."
Marketer 2: "Hey, I know! Why don't we email millions of people and remind them about our product!"
Marketer 1: "Great idea! I've got some email addresses right here on this CD..."

Re: Don't need no spam. Period. (1)

Alwin Henseler (640539) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700544)

  • Don't need no blue pills (yet..), thank you.
  • Don't wear/need a watch; the world I live in is littered with time-keeping devices.
  • I'm a vegetarian.

In Soviet Russia... (-1)

jetkust (596906) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700318)

Spam (the unsolicited email, not the meat product) is made out of people!!!

Re:In Soviet Russia... (0)

khrtt (701691) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700472)

I thought in Soviet Russia spam - the meat product - was made out of people:-)

Re:In Soviet Russia... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700546)

I think you're confusing Soviet Green with Soylent Green...

In other news (2, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700320)

most people outside of America don't like spam (of either variety). I want babette before I want the tinned spam.

News flash (1)

Kiryat Malachi (177258) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701291)

Most people in America don't like Hormel SPAM either.

Bloody Vikings!! (3, Funny)

da3dAlus (20553) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700329)

Hormel says "It's a Meat!"
Maybe they should have a contest to name what animal it came from?

Re:Bloody Vikings!! (2, Informative)

eric_brissette (778634) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700550)

Until today, I had no idea that SPAM stood for SPiced hAM, but rather I thought it was a combination of Sausage Pork and hAM. Without slashdot, I would still be wandaring aimlessly in a fog of ignorance. (ha)

Re:Bloody Vikings!! (2, Interesting)

evilviper (135110) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700787)

I really don't get the Spam jokes. It's cooked, seasoned pork shoulder. What's so amazing about that? It's quite obviously pork, because it tastes quite similar to ham, and nothing like any other animal.

Mystery-meat jokes belong to hot dogs, not spam.

Spam = A nerds Best Friend (1)

Prince Vegeta SSJ4 (718736) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701073)

Not only is it a low cost foodstuff, it provides Vitumins and nootrients.

it is also a source of Tin - used in the foil of many a hat.

And as a bonus, as the parent posted: Maybe they should have a contest to name what animal it came from? - it provides intellectual stimulation by teaching various nerds different family, genus and species - like Equidae, Equus, and Asinus. and 10% Canis Aureus and/or Familiaris

Re:Bloody Vikings!! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10701140)

Maybe they should have a contest to name what animal it came from?

Everyone knows it comes from the Spamalope.

Although, I much prefer a nice leg of Gyrobeast roasting on a spit, as found at most Mediterranean restaurants...

Orthography nit-pick. (2, Informative)

*coughs loudly* (301749) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700340)

"Spam" is the unsolicited bulk email, "SPAM" is the spicy canned meat.

Please fix the summary (spam vs SPAM) (5, Interesting)

sczimme (603413) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700346)


The folks at Hormel have asked that people spell the name correctly when referring to their meat product - in all capital letters, i.e. SPAM.

See their Legal and Copyright Info page [spam.com] .

Re:Please fix the summary (spam vs SPAM) (5, Informative)

joelethan (782993) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700484)

The parent is TRUE and INFORMATIVE.

See also SPAM and the Internet [spam.com] for their take on UCE.

Hornel's page [spam.com] on their SPAM trademark reads very humorously to the Netizen's eye. I recommend it.

OT: I fancy marketing a delicious processed meat called SLASHDOT.

/joelethan

Re:Please fix the summary (spam vs SPAM) (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701161)

Earth to Hormel:

Junk email is now "spam". We don't care how we capitalize it. Spam is SpAm is SPAM is spam is spaM ... you get the idea. We hate it, and your stupid marketing campaign isn't going to change peoples' minds. A tissue is a kleenex, a photocopy is a Xerox, and so on.

Get over it. You waited too long and the definition of the word has changed. Don't waste your money. You've been complaining about this for years and no one has listened. We're not going to listen now.

Stop with the spam already, eh?

Re:Please fix the summary (spam vs SPAM) (1)

krkelly25 (814065) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700554)

Hmmm...shouldn't that be SPAM.com??

not so simple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700927)

If that was entirely the case, Hormel wouldn't have problems with products like "SpamBuster" or "SpamRandomName" or "SpamBuyMySpamRemover." I don't know any SPAM* products besides Hormel.

It sounds like Hormel is being a bit silly. They can't help that their product's name is associated with such a vile thing. Corporations first reactions to such circumstances are want of utter control--"if we can control the word spam, then this won't happen." They need to find an alternate method. I'm not calling unsolicited internet advertising anything else besides spam, and you can't make me capitalize your meat substitute product either.

They could pull off some funny advertising concerning the confusion between the spams. That seems like a positive way of dealing with the ordeal. But stop with the name whoring. Words are not to be trademarked and sold.

Re:Please fix the summary (spam vs SPAM) (2, Informative)

mfifer (660491) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701065)

The folks at Hormel have asked that people spell the name correctly when referring to their meat product - in all capital letters, i.e. SPAM.

And the Kleenex people want you to stop calling tissue Kleenex and Xerox wants you to stopping calling photocopies Xeroxes and Slashdots wants the media to stop calling crackers hackers and RMS wants That Operating System called GNU/Linux...

Q: What do these all have in common?

A: Not gonna happen...

spam spam spam (4, Funny)

fracai (796392) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700347)

Maybe they'll just play Monty Python a bit more on the BBC

Re:spam spam spam (5, Informative)

Chris_Mir (679740) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700430)

well, someone has got to post it ;-)

Man: You sit here, dear.
Wife: All right.
Man: Morning!
Waitress: Morning!
Man: Well, what've you got?
Waitress: Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam;
Vikings: Spam spam spam spam...
Waitress: ...spam spam spam egg and spam; spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam spam...
Vikings: Spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam!
Waitress: ...or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.
Wife: Have you got anything without spam?
Waitress: Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in it.
Wife: I don't want ANY spam!
Man: Why can't she have egg bacon spam and sausage?
Wife: THAT'S got spam in it!
Man: Hasn't got as much spam in it as spam egg sausage and spam, has it?
Vikings: Spam spam spam spam... (Crescendo through next few lines...)
Wife: Could you do the egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam then?
Waitress: Urgghh!
Wife: What do you mean 'Urgghh'? I don't like spam!
Vikings: Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up!
Vikings: Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up! (Vikings stop) Bloody Vikings! You can't have egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam.
Wife: I don't like spam!
Man: Sshh, dear, don't cause a fuss. I'll have your spam. I love it. I'm having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam beaked beans spam spam spam and spam!
Vikings: Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up!! Baked beans are off.
Man: Well could I have her spam instead of the baked beans then?
Waitress: You mean spam spam spam spam spam spam... (but it is too late and the Vikings drown her words)
Vikings: Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam! Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam. Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Spam spam spam spam!

Just drop the product line! (3, Funny)

YetAnotherName (168064) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700369)

I can't imagine anything more vile than the so-called potted meat product that is Spam. It's the multiplicative zero element of food: you add Spam to any other dish and the whole thing tastes like Spam (as opposed to the multiplicative identity element of food, tofu, which when added to any dish takes on the flavor of the whole dish).

Given that even before Spam took on the unwelcome meaning of unsolicited commercial email that it was more a war-time inexpensive way to get protein into the diet, and that even in such dire times it tasted awful, wouldn't it make sense for Hormel to just drop that product line altogether?

I realize some Hawaiians might be upset, some fan websites would be put out, but think of the money they'd make selling rare cans of Spam on eBay.

Re:Just drop the product line! (2, Interesting)

UrgleHoth (50415) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701324)

On flavors, does this make tofu anti-Spam? Or is Spam anti-tofu? If you put them in the same room and let them fight it out..?

wouldn't it make sense for Hormel to just drop that product line altogether?

It seems that people actualy DO BUY Spam. We see it on the grocery shelves. If consumers didn't buy it, The supermarkets would not stock it, as shelfspace is valuable. So if people didnt buy it, I'd wager that the stores would stop buying it too. In that case, Hormel would have to go through direct marketing channels to sell Spam.

t3h spammers has us all! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700373)

I, For One, Welcome our new Spam Spamming Spammers.

"It's a meat!" (5, Insightful)

plover (150551) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700376)

Actually, Hormel has been pretty cool about this for many years. They have wanted to make it plain all along that lowercase "spam" was acceptable to them as a name for UCE, but uppercase "Spam" was reserved for their trademarked product. I personally think that was a well thought out decision made long ago with much foresight. Many companies made a rough time for themseleves by defending trademarks on the web in the earlier days, but Hormel has never been seen as the bad guy before.

I wonder if SpamArrest changes their name to spamArrest would Hormel drop their challenge?

It's a tough spot, though, because they've allowed some "dilution" of their name by not having defended it completely. I can't really blame them for wanting to shed the negative image of being associated with UCE, but I don't know what else they can do except give up their 60 year old name (usuall a really, really bad idea.)

Re:"It's a meat!" (1)

Moderatbastard (808662) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700490)

I can't really blame them for wanting to shed the negative image of being associated with UCE
Meh. There's no such thing as bad publicity. Oscar Wilde said that. Or wished he had. Or something.

Re:"It's a meat!" (2, Insightful)

earlytime (15364) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700865)

I agree,

If the anti-spam companies (espceially the ones with spam in their name) are smart, they'll voulnteer to put a disclaimer or reference to Hormel and SPAM on their websites. Clearly spam is a derivative of SPAM, and eventially Hormel will need to get ugly if the anti-UCE crowd is not active in clarifying that there are two different things called spam, one good and one bad.

On a side note, I don't like SPAM! but.. I for one welcome our new viking overlords.

TM law (1)

xant (99438) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700993)

It's debatable that they've allowed any dilution of their name, in the legally defensible sense. TM's apply to a particular product type. If Hormel let anyone making a meat product call their product "spam" (with any capitalization) that would clearly be dilution. Other food products might also conceivably be called dilution. But software is not food, so while Hormel *can* sue spam software makers for trademark dilution, they probably would not win, and any outcome of that case would probably not affect Hormel's lawsuit against Spamme, makers of fine canned hamburger. :-) Note that I don't know the specifics of this case. If they're using labelling, imagery or something else that attempts to explicitly tie them to Hormel's product, Hormel might have a point.

Remember the rule of thumb: the existence of Apple Insurance doesn't in any way dilute the trademark of Apple Computers.

Re:"It's a meat!" (2, Interesting)

Eil (82413) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701297)


This isn't the first time that a food company has gotten all up-in-arms over the use of one of their trademarks.

In 2001, Pillsbury sent a cease-and-decist order [salon.com] to a numerous number of colleges IT companies detesting their use of the term "bake-off" to mean an event where developers get together to test their latest code and networking protocols.

Talk about silly. At least SPAM is actually a trademark and was never a commonly-used word well before it became "protected" by corporate interests.

election day invites! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700378)

Here's an idea Hormel (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700403)

Find the names and addresses of spammers around the world, then deliver tons of tinned meat product to their doorstep - and film the results.


Put ads out with the reactions of the spammers when they get their spam back, but in the original form. Slogan could be something like "They spammed us, we SPAMMED them".

So will Hormel's next product be SPIM? (1)

dpilot (134227) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700405)

and will they still want us to use all caps?
Wonder what it'll be made of...

Buy a Rolleks it's cheaper (1)

NoSuchGuy (308510) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700415)

Buy a Rolleks, it's cheaper!

I got 5 for $24.95 only at the Times Square!

Take your chance, buy now!

well, (2, Funny)

brarrr (99867) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700425)

I sure hope I don't get any emails about this.

A song would be nice though.

spam bacon spam sausage and spam (1)

uberjoe (726765) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700429)

I don't like spam!

Bloody vikings!

Maybe they should... (1)

jeko (179919) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700450)

...send everyone in the world an email about their campaign.

acronym (1)

horrens (785051) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700458)

spam = stuff posing as meat

Ubiquitous Spam (2, Interesting)

krkelly25 (814065) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700460)

"Seattle attorney Derek A Newman added: 'Spam has become ubiquitous throughout the world to describe unsolicited commercial email. No company can claim trademark rights on a generic term.'" Ah, but SPAM has been around since the 1930s...long before Al Gore invented the Internet.

Re:Ubiquitous Spam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10701081)

(Score: -1, Idiot)

SPAM from canidates wanting my Vote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700481)

By far the most SPAM I have recieved this week has been from Bush and Kerry.
I get about 3 e-mails a day from each not to mention all the terrible comercials I have had to watch.
I am still going to vote today but only becuase it is so important.

I just it will all end after todays election.

It's called SMAC over here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700482)

What is the point of a pan-european product name campaign when you renamed the product for european languages already.

It has only been introduced since the nineties because the product was mentioned so much in American comedy's. They already heard of it, why not try to sell it to them. But wait, they heard of it in a negative tone so lets change the name first. Don't you just love the wisdom of marketing?

Re:It's called SMAC over here (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700755)

It has only been introduced since the nineties because the product was mentioned so much in American comedy's.

Monte Python is a Brit show.

This will backfire... (2, Interesting)

freedom_india (780002) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700494)

This is bound to backfire on the company.

Till now people who had no knowledge about this company will now assume this is the company that makes Meat AND also sends Spam email....

I'm a lumberjack (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700556)

Sorry for this, but what must be done must be done.

Man: You sit here, dear.
Wife: All right.
Man: Morning!
Waitress: Morning!
Man: Well, what've you got?
Waitress: Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam;
Vikings: Spam spam spam spam...
Waitress: ...spam spam spam egg and spam; spam spam spam spam spam spam baked beans spam spam spam...
Vikings: Spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam!
Waitress: ...or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and spam.
Wife: Have you got anything without spam?
Waitress: Well, there's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got much spam in it.
Wife: I don't want ANY spam!
Man: Why can't she have egg bacon spam and sausage?
Wife: THAT'S got spam in it!
Man: Hasn't got as much spam in it as spam egg sausage and spam, has it?
Vikings: Spam spam spam spam... (Crescendo through next few lines...)
Wife: Could you do the egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam then?
Waitress: Urgghh!
Wife: What do you mean 'Urgghh'? I don't like spam!
Vikings: Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up!
Vikings: Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up! (Vikings stop) Bloody Vikings! You can't have egg bacon spam and sausage without the spam.
Wife: I don't like spam!
Man: Sshh, dear, don't cause a fuss. I'll have your spam. I love it. I'm having spam spam spam spam spam spam spam beaked beans spam spam spam and spam!
Vikings: Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!
Waitress: Shut up!! Baked beans are off.
Man: Well could I have her spam instead of the baked beans then?
Waitress: You mean spam spam spam spam spam spam... (but it is too late and the Vikings drown her words)
Vikings: (Singing elaborately...) Spam spam spam spam. Lovely spam! Wonderful spam! Spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam spa-a-a-a-a-am spam. Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Lovely spam! Spam spam spam spam

good quote (5, Funny)

rhesuspieces00 (804354) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700585)

i dont know if its still there, but this is a good quote i came across on the spam.com website:

"Ultimately, we are trying to avoid the day when the consuming public asks, "Why would Hormel Foods name its product after junk e-mail?"
-Hormel Foods

http://www.spam.com/ci/ci_in.htm

Hormel needs to resurrect Monte Python (1)

RealAlaskan (576404) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700610)

Sing it with them: ``Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam; Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam...''

Monte Python didn't make it sound good, but they made it sound as if it didn't have anything to do with email.

Lips and Arsehoals (1)

KrackHouse (628313) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700619)

Maybe they should use the $2Mil to filter out the lips and assholes. They could set up a lucrative head-cheese contract with all of the extra "meat".

To be fair, what ever it is is mighty tasty.

dict Headcheese (1)

KrackHouse (628313) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700712)

Head-cheese \Head"-cheese\, n. A dish made of portions of the head, or head and feet, of swine, cut up fine, seasoned, and pressed into a cheeselike mass. or if you prefer: A jellied loaf or sausage made from chopped and boiled parts of the feet, head, and sometimes the tongue and heart of an animal, usually a hog.

Spamfest (5, Informative)

freeze128 (544774) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700657)

My mother lives in Albert Lea, MN, not far from Austin, MN. Austin is a Hormel town, and every year they have a Spamfest celebrating the stuff. There are parades, music, and free handouts of spam and other goodies. A couple years ago she got a Spam piggy bank.

It just sounds like Hormel is expanding spamfest to encompass the globe. It's not horrible stuff. It tastes good grilled, fried, diced and mixed with macaroni and cheese..... And it doesn't ask you to click now to unsubscribe.

Reminds me of... (1)

http101 (522275) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700723)

the Flying Circus skit from Monty Python... every sing along!

(35 Mb MPG)
http://www.flashdance.cx/mpg/eexoe7YE7/Monty %20Pyt hon%20-%20Spam.mpg

Why bother (1)

macdaddy (38372) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700731)

Don't they realize that they're already getting an immense amount of free advertising? You can't tell me that UCE is negatively impacting Hormel's bottom line. That's laughable at best. They should keep their money and put it towards advertising new products. SPAM will always be around. UCE isn't going to change that one bit. If it ain't broke, don't spend an arm and a leg trying to fix it.

So does this mean... (1)

gandell (827178) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700734)

Does this mean that the federal goverment can prosecute Hormel for spamming about spam?

SPAM MUSUBI (1)

Sai Babu (827212) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700775)

Hormel might do well to focus more on international sales. Here is Japanese fusion dish known as ,SPAM MUSUBI [hawaii.edu] which is most delicious (jpeg) [onmyplate.org] .

Pork is so revered in China, where the pig symbolises good luck, fertility and virility, that the meat and pork are the same word! Hormel would do well to add a large, smiling, tumescent, gold bling wearing, surrounded by bitch pigs, pig to their package label for sales in China. It might help to put him on a Harley as sort of an inside joke for the more cosmopolitan Chinese.

While they do have turkey SPAM I've yet to see an 'all beef' version. With one world government on it's way, and if you believe Jack Van Impe an Islamic government at that, Hormel would do well to push an all beef product,

Down the road, when they've got the market cornered, it will be time to branch out into flavored varieties. For example "All Beef Spam with SQUIRREL BRAINS" [greysquirrel.net] should sell well in SE Tennessee.

SPAM Lyrics, Python [letssingit.com]

It kinda reminds me of... (1)

http101 (522275) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700784)

the Flying Circus skit from Monty Python... everyone sing along!

(35 Mb MPG)
http://www.flashdance.cx/mpg/eexoe7YE7/Monty %20Pyt hon%20-%20Spam.mpg

It's just advertising. (1)

JuggleGeek (665620) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700793)

This is just another advertising campaign. Hormel isn't trying to get rid of the term spam as applied to email - it would be a hopeless task. They are just advertising their product, SPAM.

Their lawsuit against SpamArrest is the only time that they've done anything that even looks like they might be trying to get rid of the name. And considering they targetted one of many companies that use the name, I think it's more likely their own version of fighting against email spam. SpamArrest, prior to that lawsuit, had been caught sending email spam.

Yum! (1)

tajmorton (806296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700829)

Spam for Spam? Err, no quite.

Protecting SPAM trademark (1)

lothar97 (768215) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700832)

The bottom line is that Hormel is doing this to protect their trademark. Trademark rights can be lost if the trademark holder does not enforce their trademark. This includes defending against trademark infringement (similar marks), and it also includes protecting against trademark dilution. Dilution is when a famous trademark loses its distinctive nature. This problem occurs when a name becomes so ubiquitous that people use it for things other than the products/services the mark is associated with.

One way to show evidence that a company protected against dilution is to advertise the trademark nature. I've seen the "Xerox has two R's" ads (the second R being the registered trademark circle R symbol), reminders from Kleenex that people use "Kleenex brand facial tissue," etc. Google is starting to run into this problem, with people using the verb "to google." Google has been defending against this.

Hormel doesn't care if "unsolicited email" is called "spam," they just need to make sure that people also know that it's a lunchmeat (allegedly).

Thermos [Re:Protecting SPAM trademark] (1)

powdered toast dude (800543) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701346)

If memory serves me right, Thermos was a classic example of failure to protect a trademark. Apparently, even employees of the Thermos company itself referred to other vendors' products as "a thermos", in writing, and *poof* they were screwed.

$0.02,
ptd

AIDS (1)

FuzzyDaddy (584528) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700889)

Many years ago there was a diet supplement called AIDS (some sort of chewy chocolate type thing...). This was before the disease was publicly named and known.

So they had a dieting product with the same name as a disease that ultimately causes people to waste away.

That's gotta suck.

Re:AIDS (1)

jargonCCNA (531779) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701102)

-collapses under the weight of the irony- Wait, I thought AIDS just suppressed your immune system to the point where you couldn't even fight off the common cold.. you don't waste away, you just die of the first disease that infects you. AIDS isn't a disease, it's a syndrome. There is no AIDS virus; it's caused by an infection of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus. The virus suppresses your immune system to point where you have AIDS.

Re:AIDS (2, Informative)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701196)

The name of the diet product was spelled "AYDS", IIRC.

As vegetarian.. (0, Flamebait)

LuSiDe (755770) | more than 9 years ago | (#10700946)

..I evade spam by definition. Any spam!

Shut up ! You Bloody Vikings! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10700952)

Ah, now there is quality entertainment!

SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM,
SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM,
Wonderful SPAM,
Glorious SPAM!!!

The low fat SPAM and Turkey SPAM versions
are actually quite tastey,
fried in the pan like slices of bacon,
and served with scrambled eggs!

I own SPAM (tm) (1)

Free_Trial_Thinking (818686) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701063)


They need to change their name and get on with life. The languages of the world now own "SPAM".

I believe when any trademark or copyright gains a critical amount of popularity, it should immediately enter the public domain. (Sounds ridiculous, right?) But think about this, at some level of popularity, ideas (including words like Spam) simply become part of our culture. And once something becomes part of our culture, I say we own it.

Take that happy birthday song for example. Does anyone honestly believe someone should be able to collect royalties on public performances of happy birthday? Supposedely it is copyrighted. But I say you can't copyright culture.

Listen, all I'm asking is do we want to live in a world where we don't own our own culture? Our culture is a profound part of each one of us and to be told that it's owned by a corporation for 100+ years, I find it deeply troubling.

So...

Repeat after me:
"You can't copyright culture"
"You can't copyright culture"

The real question (1)

Is0m0rph (819726) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701114)

is whether Hormel will license the Monty Python skit for Spam in their new campaign?

They've got some work to do there (1)

ChrisMDP (24123) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701130)

When I first saw this article title on the RSS feed, I actually thought that it was about some convicted UCE-sending dude called Hormal who was spending money on a PR exercise to clear his name.

Just goes to show how deeply entrenched the new meaning of 'spam' is - I think it'll take a lot more than $2m to shift the synapses of the average netizen...

hi everyboooddy (1)

demon4 (778594) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701198)

ohhh they could advertise by sending out emails .. oh waiit

Spam in the place where you live! (1)

Awestruckin (824416) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701307)

Spam in the place where I live (ham and pork) Think about nutrition, wonder what's inside it now (oh boy) Spam in my luchbox at work (it's the best) Really makes a darn good sandwich any way you slice it at all If you're running low, go to the store Carry some money to help you buy more The tab is there to open the can The can is there to hold in the spam Oh, spam on the table at home (ham and pork) Think about selection, are there different flavors now (let's eat) Spam in my office at work (it's the best) Think about the stuff its made from, wonder if it's mystery of meat If you need a spoon, keep one around Carry a thermose to help wash it down Now, if there's some left, don't just throw it out Use it for spackle or bathroom grout, now Spam in my pantry at home (have some more) Think of expiration, better read the lable (oh boy) Spam breakfast, dinner, or lunch (it's the best) Think about how it's been precooked, wonder if I'll just eat it cold Now, once you start in, you can't put it down Don't leave it sitting or it'll turn brown The key is going to open the tin The tin is there to keep the spam in Oh, spam (spam) Ham and pork Think about nutrition, wonder what's inside it now (oh boy) Spam (spam) It's the best Really makes a darn good sandwich any way you slice it Spam in the place where I live (have some more) Think about addiction, wonder if I'm a junkie now (let's eat) Spam in the place where I work (you're obsessed) Think about the way it's processed, wonder if it's some kind of meat Spam in the back of my car (ham and pork) Spam any place that you are (ham and pork) The tab is there to open the can (spam any place that you are) (ham and pork) The can is there to hold in the spam (spam any place that you are) (ham and pork) Oh spam

What a relief (1)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701378)

For a minute there, I thought the article was
going to be about Hormel changing the name of SPAM.
That would be sad.

Sue Monty Python? Hope not. (1)

infonography (566403) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701387)

Unintentally the Monty Python troop is to blame for the name. I can't see Hormel holding them responsible but we need to come up with a pithy new name for UBMs. If nothing else we as the techs that started it. Meaning the collective target audience of Slashdot should help with the reclaiming of the name. I propose BMs. Anyone else got a good name that can be printed in the public press?

spamNOTspam (1)

chigun (770799) | more than 9 years ago | (#10701397)

Is it just me or does that website look like it's from 1998? It has a bad color scheme, confusing links, blinking gifs (we all love those!) and for some reason there is embedded quicktime in there somewhere. It really reminds me of the geocities site my little sister made like 8 years ago. hers was nicer though.

I've had spam emails that were better put together than that website. Oh the ironing!
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