In 1937, the workers at Hormel never could have imagined that their canned-ham product would eventually become synonymous with junk mail. On this day 76 years ago, they introduced Spam, a canned precooked meat product. In 2007, the seven billionth can of Spam was sold. Here, six vintage commercials advertising it.
Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!
ON SESAME STREET
In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.
ON CARD SHARKS
In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.
THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL
In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.
TREBEK ON NASA
And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.
HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE
Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)
MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE
That was the actual name of the category.
AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...
Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”
LAST BUT NOT LEAST...
You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?
On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.