Last week I read that SPAM, the iconic and repugnant canned meat, is celebrating its 75th birthday. And while I was impressed at SPAM’s longevity (does anyone who regularly eats the high-sodium pressed ham live that long?), I was much more interested to also read that SPAM has a museum. A museum! For SPAM! Which got me thinking about all of the other junk food museums that tourists will be visiting this summer. Turns out, there are several.
Across the country, manufacturers of unhealthy food live for the bustling summer season, when they can attract travelers with the promise of samples and a little bit of time spent immersed in nostalgia (and outside of the car). But in a nation where obesity is threatening to cripple future generations, maybe we should spend less time at these shrines of soda, candy, and drive-thrus, and more time, you know, riding bikes or something.
Of course, everything in moderation is fine–I just wouldn’t suggest trying to visit all of these in one summer…or in a lifetime.
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