Geek Trivia

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

The Kids in the Hall
Cheech and Chong
Monty Python
Laurel and Hardy
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Answer: Monty Python

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

In 1970 members of the British comedy troupe created short sketch dubbed simply “Spam” in which a husband and wife at a greasy-spoon style diner are attempting to order. 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 three and a half minute 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 message and solicitations spam–items on the digital menu that nobody wanted but were difficult to avoid.