SPAM: In the 1990s, annual recipe contests in various cities helped spur Spam sales and promote a kind of retro cult following. The Spam Carving Festival in Seattle drew tens of thousands and extensive media coverage. According to Hormel Foods, Americans consumed 3.8 cans of Spam per second. While Hormel recommended Riesling and Gewürztraminer with its processed meat delicacy, studies showed a strong correlation between consumption of Spam (which derives 84% of its calories from fat) and poverty. As the 21st century approached, the electronic newsgroup alt.spam, the Church of Spam, Find-the-Spam, Spamarama, the Spamgod Page, the Spam Haiku Archive, and many other websites were frequented by fans and cultists. “Spamming,” in Net lingo, refers to the annoying practice of flooding unrelated newsgroups with irrelevant messages or sending electronic bulk-mail ads. In 1997, several bills were proposed in Congress specifically to regulate or outlaw spamming, and Hormel threatened a trademark suit against self-described Internet “Spam King” Sanford Wallace, whose Cyber Promotions was responsible for up to 20 million daily e-mail spams.