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In the Beginning: 11 Days and Counting

Mangesh Hattikudur
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Here's another teaser from our newest new book In the Beginning... Enjoy!

SPAM PART I: The Meat

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Pushing Tin

Now that we know what it's made of, why? SPAM was invented in the late-Depression era, in 1937, which may explain at least some of why it seemed like a good idea: people were desperate. According to Nikita Khrushchev's book, Khrushchev Remembers, SPAM was a godsend for another hungry group — Russian soldiers inWorldWar II. For a further illustration of how bad things were, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher "“ who we really, really can't imagine eating SPAM — reportedly once referred to it as a "wartime delicacy."

More after the jump...

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Oh, and if you liked this post, here are some other delicious origins you might want to read about: The Birth of Roller Coaster, The Very Strange Origins of the Dishwasher, A James Bond Story (for your eyes only!), and the Fascinating Tribe behind the original Bungee Jump.

Remember: In the Beginning goes on sale November 1st, and will be available at (respectable) bookstores everywhere!

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