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Did Spam sue the Muppets?

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Beauregard, May 16, 2003.

  1. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Is it true that the makes of the food stuff Spam sued the Muppet's after they had named the ugly high preist of the bores Spa'am?

    I found this on IMDB:

    Hormel Foods Corporation, makers of Spam, sued the film production company for making the name of the ugly villain "Spa'am". Their suit was defeated on September 22, 1995.
  2. Daffyfan2003

    Daffyfan2003 Well-Known Member

    Well, imdb.com isn't always correct, but I guess that's a possibility. They had to have gotten that idea somewhere.
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, this is true. It was a major story in the second half of 1995 before MTI debuted in February 1996. By the amount of media coverage, you would've thought the character had a much bigger role in the film.
  4. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Weird.

    I really don't get what the big deal is. It isn't like the guy's name was "Hormel Spam." His name was "SPA'am. High priest of the boars."

    What would've been the big deal? So the guy's named after a disgusting meat substitute. So?

    Ah, well.
  5. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Active Member

    Scooter,

    They had to change it to Spa'am.

    It was originally Spam.


    see ya
  6. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Well I can't believe it!!! Why would they do something like that? I mean why bohter? Yes, there are some things one should sue for, like say if someone published a full frontal photo of you in a newspaper, but having a MUPPET chracter named Spa'am?

    I guess I shall have to look it up in the MC archives later.
  7. WiGgY

    WiGgY New Member

    BlueFrackle, are you sure the name was changed? I'm pretty sure it was always Spa'am and then the spam people sued for that. If the law suit occured in 1995 just before the movie came out, then I doubt there was time to do such a change. Also, I think part of the reason the case was thrown out, which I think it was, was because Spa'am is not trademark or copywritted or whatever you call it.
  8. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    Re: Scooter,

    Well, that's not even funny. :)
  9. Clean Gultch

    Clean Gultch New Member

    What is with peoples hatred of spam? i love the stuff. its not fake meat. its like an egg and ham mix thingy. i personally think its good, especially with macoroni and cheese
  10. Beakie

    Beakie New Member

    I like Spam too, but everyone I know hates it. I like it with macaroni and cheese too :zany: I think it tastes like regular ham, just more salty..
  11. Crazy Harry

    Crazy Harry New Member

    I've never had it.

    That's see what that stirs up
  12. WiGgY

    WiGgY New Member

    Spam is ok cooked, but cold spam with that gelitin is just not food.
  13. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    *Grabs a spoon to stir...*

    YOU'VE NEVER HAD SPAM?!

    It's the greatest product since chocolate! Run the hot water over it in the can to wash out the gelatin junk, then eat it---hot, cold...mmmm, it's so goooood!!


    just kiddin!! but I like it in mac and cheese, too!
  14. sarah_yzma

    sarah_yzma Active Member

    :sing:

    Spam in the place where I live. (ham and pork)
    Think about nutrition, wonder what's inside it now. (oh boy)
    Spam in my lunchbox 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 it's made from, wonder if it's mystery meat.

    If you need a spoon, keep one around.
    Carry a thermos 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 label now. (oh boy)
    Spam breakfast, dinner or lunch. (it's the best)
    Think about how it's been pre-cooked, 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)
    The tab is there to open the can. (spam any place that you are)
    The can is there to hold in the spam. (spam any place that you are)
    Oh Spam!
    :sing:

    Sarah
  15. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. You should really leave the sining to the experts. Like Supper Scooter.

    PS This has gone WAY of topic.
  16. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I think it was a compliment for Henson to imply that Spam comes only from pigs. Who the heck knows what all is in that stuff? :eek:
  17. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    The deep, dark truth about Spam. Also some nifty trivia. Impress your friends and relatives!

    Ingredients:
    Chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added.
    Salt (for binding, flavour, and firmness)
    Water (to help in mixing)
    Sugar (for flavour)
    Sodium Nitrite (for colour and as a preservative)
    Yum yum!

    Nutrition Information For SPAM (original style):
    Calories Per Serving: 170
    Calories Per Serving From Fat: 140
    Serving Size: 2 oz.
    Servings Per Container: 6 (large) or 3.5 (small)
    Total Fat: 16g
    Saturated Fat: 6g
    Cholesterol: 40mg
    Sodium: 750mg
    Total Carbohydrates: 0g
    Fiber: 0g
    Sugars: 0g
    Proteins: 7g
    Vitamin A: 0%
    Vitamin C: 0%
    Calcium: 0%
    Iron: 2%
    Deee-licious!

    Nifty Spam Trivia!

    By World War II, Hormel had sold twenty thousand tons of Spam. Then, during the wartime meat rationing, Spam got popular...

    If all the cans of Spam ever eaten were put end-to-end, they would circle the globe at least ten times.

    In the U.S. alone, 3.8 cans of Spam "are consumed every second"(assuming SPAM is eaten 24 hours a day, 365.25 days a year).

    Senator Robert Byrd of West Viginia eats a sandwich of SPAM and mayonnaise on white bread three times a week.

    Residents of Hawai'i eat an average of four cans of SPAM per person per year, more than in any other place on Earth (Elsewhere in the Universe, who knows?).

    By 1959, a billion cans of SPAM had been sold. The two billion mark was hit in 1970, followed by three billion in 1980, four billion in 1986, and five billion in 1993. That's a lot of SPAM!

    In Korea, SPAM is sold in stylish presentation gift boxes of nine cans each. SPAM stolen from army PXs can be found on the Korean black market. And there are Korean imitations called Lo-Spam, Dak, Plumrose, and Tulip, to ensure that no one need go without.

    Nikita Krushchev once credited SPAM with the survival of the
    WWII Russian army. ''Without SPAM, we wouldn't have been able to feed our army,'' he said.

    SPAM is sold in over 99% of U.S. grocery stores.

    The SPAM luncheon meat trademark is registered in 93 countries.

    Over 60 million people in the U.S. eat SPAM.

    SPAM is made in two U.S. locations - Austin, Minnesota, and Fremont, Nebraska - and seven other countries: England, Australia, Denmark, Phillipines, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea.

    In 1989, the U.S. armed forces bought 3.3 million pounds of SPAM.

    Over 141 million cans of SPAM are sold worldwide each year.








    But going back to topic. How much did they want to sue JHC?
  18. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    The question was already answered--how much more on topic msut we stay now?

    But your response to Jamie was hilarious to me!!

    One thing that got me was this sentence that they tell us about:
    So, unless they're talking in fractions, wouldn't "over 99%" equal 100%?
  19. Super Scooter

    Super Scooter New Member

    I just personally detest the stuff... I don't care if you like it. I think it has something to do with my Grandfather having to eat the stuff in World War II. That, and a particular dish affectionately refered to as "S.O.S." Just guess what that stands for...

    Beau, what Sarah sang was a Weird Al song spoofing the song "Stand."

    And, yes, Sarah. Leave it to the experts.

    *sounding much better than Sarah*

    :sing:
    Spam in the place where I live. (ham and pork)
    Think about nutrition, wonder what's inside it now. (oh boy)
    Spam in my lunchbox 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 it's made from, wonder if it's mystery meat.

    If you need a spoon, keep one around.
    Carry a thermos 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 label now. (oh boy)
    Spam breakfast, dinner or lunch. (it's the best)
    Think about how it's been pre-cooked, 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)
    The tab is there to open the can. (spam any place that you are)
    The can is there to hold in the spam. (spam any place that you are)
    Oh Spam!
    :sing:

    :flirt: :)
  20. WiGgY

    WiGgY New Member

    over 99% doesn't mean 100%. Percents on such a grand scale are lamost never a whole number. 85.2% of all people know that. :D

    But really percents usually go into decimal points when dealing with nation wide things.


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