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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • RUSSELL HIVELY: Spam and other trivia

  • I did not realize so many people have memories and thoughts about Spam until I wrote about the canned meat product a couple weeks ago.
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  • I did not realize so many people have memories and thoughts about Spam until I wrote about the canned meat product a couple weeks ago. That same day, one lady offered me a recipe. Another lady brought a book that has jokes, pictures, recipes and comments about Spam.
    Spam also has taken a modern meaning of "unsolicited bulk electronic messages." Webster Dictionary explains that the new meaning came from a skit on the British television series "Monty Python's Flying Circus" in which the chanting of the word "Spam" overrides the other dialog.
    Besides Spam, I was thinking about a variety of trivial things as I walked along Wildcat Boulevard the other day. Most items I have read somewhere.
    Did you realize that Bavaria is the richest state in Germany and tests show that Bavarian children are the smartest in the nation?
    On Oct. 4, the Swedish people celebrate "National Cinnamon Bun Day" I understand other sweet rolls are tolerated, too.
    Besides liking sweet rolls, the Swedish nation is very "green." They have several energy projects which use trash. In fact, they are so successful in using trash for energy that they will soon begin importing trash to keep the "green" plants running.
    Recently, I spotted in a catalog a pair of jeans that were for sale with worn places and holes. My mother would not be too happy about that. She always said, "We may not be rich and wear patches on our clothes, but we will be clean and not wear clothes with holes in them!"
    Are you aware that 25 percent of all USA citizens volunteer at least once each year?
    Many areas in the northern United States had more snow by Christmas than all of last year. Many old timers in that area believe a Christmas without snow, "a black Christmas," indicates "death."
    Duluth, Minn., took advantage of all the snow and attempted to set a world's record for making "snow angels." Nine thousand participants attempted to set a new record, but did not.
    A friend said she and her walking partner saw an armadillo while walking at Morse Park one warm day. "And it was alive!" she added.
    A while back, a candy store in St. Paul, Minn., was fined $500 for selling candy cigarettes and bubble gum cigars. Has this smoking ban gone too far?
    Take a walk, enjoy eating Spam and dislike getting it on your computer, use those signal lights, and see what you notice while passing along Wildcat Boulevard.
    Russell Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.
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