There are two Spams, the kind you eat and the kind you delete. The Spam e-mails that you delete seem to be on the rise lately so I collected them for a week just to see how many I actually received and what they were selling. The results were pretty impressive, or depressing, depending on how you look at them.
I received 210 e-mails selling male enhancement products. I’m not sure how that should make me feel. 136 e-mails were for other pharmacy products most of them from drug stores in Canada. We received 103 spam-mails in foreign languages, the majority of which were in German, and I’m not really sure just what they were selling. Next up was 93 e-mails for fake Rolexes and other fine jewelry that will impress my friends, give me confidence and attract members of the opposite sex.
61 e-mails were for a variety of financial scams most of them involving extremly large amounts of money in foreign banks. All I have to do is pay a modest transfer fee and the money is all mine! I wonder how many people fall for these? There must be somebody out there gullible enough or the flow of e-mails would eventually stop.
Rounding out the bottom of the spam list is e-mails for weight loss products (50), cheap software that is guaranteed to work (23) and ads for on-line casinos (15). There were also 216 spam-mails in the “Other” category that didn’t fall into the any of the main groups.
That brings the grand total for the week to be 907 useless e-mails. I’d be a happy man if only I could get that many requests for reservations every week.
Of course, my favorite kind of Spam is the kind that comes in a can. My favorite sandwich? Fried Spam and an easy-over egg topped with a slice of American cheese in a toasted kaiser roll. Its not just me either, peope all over the world like Spam. I was in Korea for one of their winter holidays that involved gift giving. The Hyundai Department Store was selling gift boxes, mostly food related, that you could present to your host when he invited you to his home for dinner. My favorite was the nicely decorated gift box containing 6 cans of Spam and three different flavors of cooking oil.
Don’t worry though, if you are coming to stay with us and you’re not a Spam-fan. Shannon drives the menu here at the Addison and you won’t be finding any Spam served for breakfast. However, we do special requests for everything from lactose intolerant diets to vegan breakfasts so maybe I just have to be patient and wait for someone to request that special canned meat that is the perfect side dish for any breakfast. I’ll wait for it but I won’t be holding my breath.