The birth of SPAM...
....' Spam's Origins
'Spam' (as a net term) dates back to the very beginnings of the Internet, which also coincided, more or less, with the original broadcasting of England's comedy television programme Monty Python's Flying Circus. One of the show's most popular sketches featured a waitress in a diner, listing the day's specials for a customer. Most of the menu consisted of Spam® (the lunchmeat), and as the waitress repeated the word, the chant was taken up by a nearby group of Vikings, who lustily sang, 'Spam spam spam spam, spam spam spam spam, Lovely spam! Wonderful spam!' over and over until the waitress shouted at them to shut up.
As it happened, many computer programmers and hackers who were the first users of the Internet were also rabid Monty Python fans, and the worst trait of a rabid Python fan is the habit of constantly repeating favorite sketches, often in their entirety. Naturally, as soon as a newsgroup existed for the discussion of Monty Python, a message appeared that was nothing but 'spam spam spam spam spam spam spam spam' for pages and pages and pages. This message reappearred with some frequency, and eventually it started to be crossposted to other newsgroups that had nothing at all to do with Spam®, Python, or Vikings.
Thus, posting off-topic messages to newsgroups, particularly a large number at once, became known as 'spamming'. As technology continues to improve, finding new and better ways to get messages from one place to another rather quickly, spammers1 are simultaneously discovering new and better ways in which to spam.....'
So as to keep on topic..
It is getting colder as the nights draw in and it has been dull and wet today.
Tonight it was dark by 19:00.