Trivia

Hard

Which Comedy Group Can We Thank For the Naming Origin Of Spam Email?

Monty Python
The Kids in the Hall
Laurel and Hardy
Cheech and Chong
A still frame from the Monty Python comedy sketch that originated the slang term spam.
Monty Python

Answer: Monty Python

Whenever you complain about the spam flooding your email inbox or your favorite discussion board, you owe a nod to Monty Python for introducing the idea of spam as unwanted material via their comedic genius.

In 1970, members of the British comedy troupe created a short sketch dubbed “Spam” in which a husband and wife at a greasy-spoon style diner are attempting to order breakfast. The only impediment is that everything on the menu contains the reconstituted meat-mixture Spam, much to the distaste of the wife. The entirety of the sketch revolves around the absurdity of the menu and everyone’s disbelief that the wife doesn’t want the Spam.

Years later, the widespread love of Monty Python among computer hobbyists led to early email and Usenet adopters calling floods of unwanted messages and solicitations spam—items on the digital menu that nobody wanted, but were difficult to avoid.

While Hormel, the company behind the product Spam, has never been particularly happy with the association between their product and email that people hate to get, they’ve got a much cheerier relationship with the Monty Python sketch itself. The sketch is part of the company’s Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota and they’ve released commemorative tins for various Monty Python-related events like the Spamalot musical.

Trivia

Easy

Which Company Created The First Hand-Held Digital Camera?

Trivia

Hard

SeaWorld Was Originally Intended To Be A?

Trivia

Hard

The Microsoft Xbox Was Originally Slated To Be Called What?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Planets Radiate More Heat Than They Get From The Sun?

Trivia

Hard

The Outer Case Of The Atari Jaguar Game Console Lived On As A?

Trivia

Hard

What Led To Newton’s Development Of Infinitesimal Calculus?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Children’s Toys Has Been Co-opted For Use By The U.S. Military?

Trivia

Hard

The Term “Loophole” Used To Refer To An Exploit Has Its Origins In?

Trivia

Very Hard

The Largest Edible Fruit Indigenous To The United States Is?

Trivia

Hard

What’s The Most Popular Screen Resolution Among Internet Browsers?