Friday, March 23, 2012

Exploring The Spam Within You

I thought for a slight change of pace that exploring the world of Spam, both the edible kind and the Internet kind.

Edible Spam

For edible Spam, we offer the following recipe that was culled from my Gmail e-mail. Like most e-mail addresses, Gmail has a spam folder, in which all kinds of spam are directed to. However, unlike other e-mail addresses, such as Hotmail (I gots) and Yahoo (I gots), Gmail offers Spam recipe links as a header within the spam folder. So the other day, I saw a link for Spam tortilla sandwiches, and I thought, "Wow, this sounds really, really good." So my friends, I offer up to you, a good outdoorsy Spam recipe, courtesy of Gmail and Recipe Source. Hope you give it a try and find it to your liking.

Spam Imperial Tortilla Sandwiches

1 can of SPAM luncheon meat (12 oz. size)
1 pack of cream cheese, softened (8 oz. size)
1/3 cup of chopped green onion
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill
3 flour tortillas (8")
1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of alfalfa sprouts

In bowl, combine SPAM and cream cheese. Stir in green onion and dill. Spread 1/3 of SPAM mixture evenly over each tortilla. Top with 1/3 each cucumber, sunflower seeds, and alfalfa sprouts. Roll up tortilla jelly roll fashion and wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Refrigerate 2 hours. To serve, cut each roll in half.

Internet Spam

And now we come to the non-calorie non-edible but certainly a Maalox moment portion of our post.

Internet Spam.

Specifically, how it relates to blogs.

If you haven't gotten a chance to peruse this blog's front page before reading this post, please do so for the next several seconds.

See something different?

That's right, I returned the spammer's delight back to this blog's front page: the popular post list. And for a completely tongue-planted-firmly-in-check title, I call it "Your Top 5 Of The Month".

The reason why I call it "the spammer's delight" is that at least 2 posts on the list got there by being spammed to death.

To elaborate, if you take a quick look at your stats link for you blog, one of the items that you see on the screen is "traffic source". And chances are that the top three sources that you see are links to very strange websites. It's those very strange websites that about 85% of the time artificially pump up the amount of pageviews for a given post.

If you recall late last year, I wrote about a two year old post of mine that I had removed because it had about 1,800 pageviews on it, and even though I'd eventually removed all the content, it was still in my top five list. Well, the main reason why it was in my top five list was that spammers were consistently clicking on the link in order to drive up the pageview count and thus attempt to generate traffic to their websites.

Anyways, in spite of the fact that spammers are once again visiting certain posts on my blog with gusto, or because of it, who knows, maybe I'm a closet masochist, I decided to bring back the top five blog post list, so that you could see for yourselves what my resident spammers are finding so incredibly fascinating these days.

And believe it or not, my Valentine's post of 2010 is still generating enough pageviews per month that it is still in my all-time top ten.

And believe it or not, no video to close out the week. Instead, I leave you with this non-movable picture to soothe your tired body and quell your achy breaky head.


  1. Spam! I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  2. I'll be darned - there is a recipe for Spam at the top of the spam folder in gmail! Just checked. I used gmail for vendor stuff. My recipe is for Spam kabobs. GAG!

    Hope you have good weekend, G - let us know if you make Spam tortillas. :)

  3. Oh dear, I grew up on Spam, from the can. I think you should back away from that Spam folder and leave anything to do with Spam in a can alone. Very alone. Like buried deep in the wild alone. :)Bea

  4. Charles: Yeah, SPAM does have that effect on people. There is no shades of gray.

    BTW, there are at least 10 different versions of SPAM. :D

    Lynn: Neat, huh?

    SPAM kabobs? that doesn't sound too good.

    If I do, I'll definitely let everyone else know.

    Bea: I still eat SPAM singles from time to time for lunch at work.

    Fills a necessary need. :D

  5. I like that picture. It's weather I would like to have here.

    Even before I was a vegetarian, I'd never had spam.

  6. M: Spam is definitely the ultimate mystery meat, and it is definitely an acquired taste.

    And I'm hoping that Spring turns out like this tree, since our area got pummelled by the freakish snowstorm in October.

    It's just now that we're seeing the brutal damage done to the trees and places like Cedar Mountain.

  7. The best part about the food Spam is that Weird Al took the super annoying song "Stand" and turned it into the hysterically funny song "Span"

    " my lunch box at work...
    Ham and pork"

    Bwoohahaha must go listen to it now.

  8. What a beautiful tree

  9. Nurse Myra: Thanks.

    Springtime here in Connecticut is definitely something to experience and enjoy.

    I'm just hoping that it makes a triumphant return after the major storm damage we'd suffered from last year.


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