—Robert Uhlig, “Spam maker fights Web junk mail king,” The Ottawa Citizen, January 4, 1998
—“Briefs: Canned spam,” Network World, May 30, 1994
Each Usenet participant pays, either directly or indirectly, for the data he or she receives. In contrast, the cost to spam an advertisement in thousands of news groups, where it is potentially read by hundreds of thousands of computer users, is typically less than $50.
The first advertisement spamming by Mr. Canter and Ms. Siegel resulted in tens of thousands of complaints — even death threats — from Usenet readers. Electronic vandals jammed the law firm’s telephone, facsimile and computer systems for days.
—Peter H. Lewis, “Arizona Lawyers Form Company for Internet Advertising,” The New York Times, May 7, 1994
Mr. Bun: Morning. Waitress: Morning. Mr. Bun: Well, what 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, spam, bacon, spam, tomato and spam; spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; (Vikings start singing in background) spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam...In recent years, the use of "spam" expanded to include unsolicited commercial e-mail. In case you don't know, spam is a luncheon meat consisting of compressed pork shoulder with a bit of ham tossed in. It is produced by Hormel Foods who even have an Official Spam Home Page.