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Monday, April 22, 2013

A-Z Challenge S is for SPAM

So, I have a dumb question. What is SPAM? Really? And I don't mean the most popular "meat" product consumed by Hawaiians or the #1 canned food item The Husband has stock-piled in his doomsday bunker because it literally takes 20 years before it will spoil. No, I'm talking about the SPAM comments I receive over here, at the Bird's Nest. Are the SPAM comments I receive from time to time on my blog from real people or just computer generated? Because I've gotten some pretty funny comments lately...and one, we'll it was just  plain mean. 

I know I can't be the only one who's received a negative comment on their blogs at one point or another. But man, it's really hard for me to accept that "real" people are sitting safely behind their computers anonymously heckling my heart; because that's what I pour out into my writing.

In honor of all the lovely comments I have received lately, who'd like to pop open a big ole can-of-SPAM with Jaybird today? What are the funniest/worst/best Spam comments you've received? Do you ever respond to them? What do you say to something like this- (FYI it appeared on my blog exactly as I have repeated it here)

Hello, i think that i saw you visited my blog thus i came to “return the favor”. I am attempting to find things to improve my web site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas? Really? How does one respond to that? Geez!




*As an added SPAM bonus, I have a recipe I'd like to share with those of you brave enough to try it. When I was a little girl, my family was very poor. We had to eat whatever was available, inexpensive and could stick to your ribs. Somehow, my mom always found a way to make "something from nothing". I know the ingredients and that introduction make this recipe sound a bit sketch, but it's quite yummy. And even though we can afford to eat a bit better now, every once and a while, I still love to make some of the more creative recipes my mom came up with to feed us, all those years ago. 

List of Ingredients:
One can-o-Spam
2 tbls. Molasses
1 can Baked Beans
Canned Yams (or you can sub cut up sweet potatoes)
1/2 cup Ketchup
Pineapple chunks (approximately one small can, or to taste)

First: Start this recipe by cutting up one can of Spam into small cubes.
Fry the Spam until crispy.
(This step is not necessary, but makes a huge taste difference.)
Second: Take a deep casserole dish and add the: baked beans, molasses, Spam, ketchup, yams and pineapple chunks. Stir.
Third: Bake on 375 for approximately 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

42 comments:

  1. Spammers are a nuisance at the very least and sometimes very hurtful. Not sure exactly what motivates someone to do that to a stranger, BUT then I'm not exactly sure what motivates someone to 'blow up' complete strangers either.

    As for the SPAM, I've been poor also and eaten my share. You're concoction sounds like it might be good, but I'll have to pass. I gave up eating meat about two years ago. Not exactly sure if SPAM is meat, but I don't want to take any chances.

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    1. Good point! I guess there will always be haters in this world, sadly, there is nothing we can do about that.

      Even if you didn't eat meat, I can completely understand why most people would avoid this recipe- unless you are a serious SPAM-lover and are looking for different ways to prepare it, I would suggest avoiding it too.

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  2. I think they are a combination of real people and computers. I just delete them!

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    1. What's their major malfunction? Do they really think someone is going to go visit their site after the write such off the wall things to another blogger? SO bizarre. I just can't wrap my brain around their motivation. Deleting them sounds like the best option.

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  3. I am getting a lot of spam. I don't know if it's computer generated or a person but my cat can spell better.

    My husband loves Spam and I may make you concoction for him. I am sure he would love it.

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    1. HA! I'd bet dollars to donuts my cat is smarter than most of those Spammers too.

      If your hubsand loves Spam, give it a go and make it for him. Mine LOVES Spam and even he was hesitant at first to try this cassarole. Now, he begs me to make it. :)

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  4. That recipe doesn't sound as bad as I first thought. I'm terrified of spam. Both kinds.

    I only had one negative comment. But it was pretty bad and I just responded slightly rude/sarcastic.

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    1. If you don't like SPAM, definitely stear clear of this recipe. It's not for most people's liking.

      I'm sorry you received such a nasty comment Danielle! I really don't mind if someone wants to leave a negative comment or constructive critism of my work, (I actually welcome and appreciate the honesty) I am always open to the opposing opinions of others, too. I just want the comments to come from a real person, who has the balls to stand behind those opinions and not leave their snide comments "anonymously". Know what I mean?

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  5. A few weeks ago we were getting as much as 10 spam comments per day. Blocking anonymous comments has helped a lot. Namely, we haven't gotten a single spam comment since.

    What I want to know is, are those things even effective? Has someone ever been reading a blog, saw a comment that said something like "great article friend come and buy medicine here!" and thought, "That's a great point. I should go buy medicine from them right now!"?

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    1. Yeah- what the hell is up with that? I just said this same thing in my response to Alex above. Like I want to go run over to your site and check out what your peddling after that- not bloody likely!

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    1. I don't imagine it's very healthy. It contains a lot of fat. Especially if you fry it. But it is cheap, and it's filling. I ate my fair share as a kid, and developed a liking for it.

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  7. When I saw the title of your post, I was about to get all defensive up in here about my Spam. But you kept this Hawaiian happy and even shared a recipe. Well done, Jaybird. :)

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    1. Are you kidding girl? We are SPAM-eating freaks over here at the Bird's Nest!! LOL
      Long before I ever went to Hawaii, my mom started frying it up with our eggs. When I did visit the Big Island for the first time, I was thrilled to see it on so many different menus and the ways Hawaiians make it. I ordered it almost every day, just to try out in all the different variations. YUM..

      Of course, The Husband is a huge SPAM fan. Every single time he goes to the food store, he picks up two or three more cans for his doomsday bunker. I always joke around with him and say that if there is ever an apocolypse, my family will be the only people alive that are still FAT. LOL

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  8. I have to admit I'm a bit scared to try that recipe, but I've had (and loved) the spam sushi (not sure what it's called, I'm sure Ilima could tell us). I got one impressed with my posts and knowledge and wondering if I could help someone relocate and possibly help with funds, haha. The hubs was all, they need help. Me, that's spam dear, they're looking for suckers.

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    1. HAHAHAHA! Your husband was all willing to help- that's so sweet. I love it!!

      I should have labeled this: WARNING- this recipe is for serious SPAM lovers only, do not try this at home if you are not. LOL I don't blame you for not trying it. It is not for everyone.

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  9. My dad, to this day, still eats Spam as well as deviled ham (from a can)....ugh.

    I can stomach it if it's fried, and even then it's still tough to swallow.

    You're from the north, jaybird.....have you ever tried/heard of goetta? It's a delicacy from the Cincinnati area and reminds me, a bit, of Spam.

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    1. I've never heard of goetta. What is it? Does it come in a can?

      Here in NJ we have Taylor Ham a/k/a pork roll. Fried SPAM reminds me of that.

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  10. My kids love to eat spam and I hate to get it, lol. It is worse to me than the telemarketers on the phone. At least with them I can have fun while talking to them by making up outrageous things to say.

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    1. LOL! At least you can talk to telemarketers is right. I don't know what the heck these spammers are trying to do. I can't wrap my brain around their motivation, at all. SO weird.

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  11. You eat what is available, affordable and delicious. Hopefully you can find all three. Nice one today Jay.

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    1. We had some rough years growing up. I am not too proud to admit we stood on line for government cheese and peanut butter, and were very thankful to get it. My mom, somehow, always found a way to fed us. We ate a lot of breakfast for dinner and lots of soup; black eyed peas and hamhocks was another favorite. She had a way to make the most out of our pitiful budget and help it stretch. I am thankful that those days are behind us, but they are also, never too far from my mind.

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  12. I got a few like those and I deleted them and changed the settings of my comments so not to allow anonymous. No troll has messed up with me yet. I would think they're clever enough to not get into a fight with a fire dragon. :D

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    1. I am not sure how to change the settings to not allow anonymous comments. I'll have to look into that.

      May no troll ever take on the fire dragon, for they surely would get burned! :)

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  13. I have been really fortunate that Askimet is so efficient detecting spam. It hardly ever lets one get through. Most of my spam are constructed of sentences of jibberish. I did have a male stalker write a few lewd and offensive comments several years ago, but I just deleted them and blocked his IP address.

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    1. Aw, Rechelle, sorry to hear about that stalker! Glad you were able to get rid of him. No one needs that kind of rubbish.

      I am very ignorant of computer workings, may I ask what is Askimet? It sounds like something I might need in the future.

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  14. Spam - never actually eaten it, though I used to keep it in my earthquake kit when I lived in the sort of place you needed one.

    Sorry spammers were mean to you. Mean people are lame!

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    1. Thanks Squid! I appreciate that.

      My husband loves to purchase SPAM for his stockpile in case of a doomsday situation. The stuff can last for years sealed inside the can. Something close to 20, from what I understand. :)

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  15. SPAM is right up there with slug soup and skunk souffle. Hold your nose, stump your toes and down she goes.

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    1. HAHAHA! Nice Jeff. I love that description. You are too funny.

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  16. I did a post about an organization that was against the procreation of humans, and I got some comments from members of the group. Also, I did a post making fun of the Mexican space agency...who knew they had such a thing. It was all tongue-in-cheek, and I had a comment from somebody that called me a racist.

    That was back in the day when I used an avatar instead of my picture (brown skin and all).

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    1. I honestly don't mind if someone wants to give me their opinion and it differs from mine completely (holy crap I've lived with my husband for seventeen years and we are complete opposites when it comes to politics, opinions and how we live and view the world in general)I've had more heated political debates with him than anyone else. What I don't care for, are people who leave mean comments, but only anonymously. That's cowardly, if you ask me. :)

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  17. I'm not a fan of either kind of spam, but I've been getting more of the comment type lately too. I just mark it as spam and delete it, without even reading all of it.

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    1. I think that's what I'll have to do from now on!

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  18. I'm glad you asked that question, whether they were real people or computer generated, because I've often wondered that, but felt too dumb to ask :) I had to turn off anonymous comments, because I was getting so many spam comments. I didn't want to, because I wanted anyone who wanted to be able to comment on my posts, but then I realized that I may have gotten one or two real anonymous comments on all my posts, and the rest have always been spammers. So off went that option, and I haven't gotten one since!

    As far as Spam, I grew up on it, too, so that recipe doesn't sound a bit gross to me :) Every once in a blue moon, I'll fry up some Spam, but Miracle Whip on white bread (which I never otherwise eat) and make a sandwich. Delish, and all the comforts of childhood :)

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    1. I'm so happy to hear that you didn't know what the heck it was either. Because I am so computer-challenged I really am ignorant of a lot of the terms and words most people use on their blogs. I was dying to know the truth, because these weirdo comments kept popping up from time to time, and I'm like, what the h? DO I respond? Are these from real people? I wasn't sure what to do with them. But I think I'll just start deleting them, because that seems to be what everyone else does. I just didn't want to delete, without knowing if there was a real person attached to it, that I should be responding too. :)

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  19. I can do without both kinds of SPAM! I don't get too much spam because I don't allow anonymous comments. Maybe there's more to it than that, but so far it hasn't been a problem. Sorry you're having trouble! New follower; nice to meet you!

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    1. Hi Dawn!! It's so nice to meet you too. Welcome to the Bird's Nest!! I'm so happy you found your way here.

      I think I am going to look into turning off my anonymous comments too. That might solve a lot of these problems, in the future. *Fingers crossed.*

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  20. I just get weird comments from men across the ocean who ask for my hand in marriage. Obviously, I say yes because it's a match made in heaven :)

    I've never actually had Spam the food. I couldn't even tell you what it is!

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    1. Eew! Sorry about the stalkers.

      I'm not sure what SPAM truly is either, some kind of pig product, I think. Kind of scary the not knowing, but I still ate it. LOL

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  21. I've always heard SPAM is a ham product? Though I wouldn't put any money on that. My family was poor too, but my mom wasn't nearly as creative. We just ate a lot of beans.

    Sorry to hear someone was mean :(

    Mean people suck.

    I think the fear of the meanies stops me from being 100% me. I used to write blogs about my kids, but don't much any more because if someone made a rude comment about my babies, I'd want to hurt them and then I'd go to jail and I can't fight for squat, so I'd be the bitch and though I'm not opposed, I just don't swing that way, so it's just best to stick with things that won't tick me off if someone pokes at it.

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    1. Nooooo! Are they nuts? You NEVER talk shit about somebody's kid. I swear nothing turns me violent faster than someone talking shit about my kids. Forget that I'm a Sunday School teacher and a cop's wife, I will cut a bitch!! That is so NOT COOL.

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