A Brief Interlude: Give the Gift of Spam

This is about as far off our weekly topic of the Iraqi consitution as it's possible to get, but I can't resist pointing out this little gem:
SPAM is a luxury item in Korea. Yes, the kitschy canned meat is a high-end gift according to shoppers in Seoul. Go fig.

(Not totally off topic, perhaps, since the compound where Saddam Hussein was finally captured apparently had a stash of "some Spam-like meat in a can covered with Arabic characters.")

By Emily Messner |  October 17, 2005; 6:31 PM ET  | Category:  Debate Extras
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What a strange wacky meat-like product that has entered into our everyday vernacular (mainly thanks to email)!

All hail Spam (hey, at least it's not Soylent Green).

Posted by: benny | October 17, 2005 11:25 PM

I was amazed, when I lived in Korea, by the Korean desire for American hot dogs. If you had base access to one of the US military facilities, the Korean wives in your area would importune you to buy them some hot dogs. And they would use them in everything - kim-bap is not the same rolled around Oscar Meyer pieces.

Posted by: John R. | October 18, 2005 10:55 AM

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