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In Stick News today, the United States is the top spam sending nation on earth. But they’re now close to loosing that number 1 spot – China is catching up.
The word SPAM was born in the 1930s, when an American meat company changed the name of one of its products: Spiced Ham.
In 1970 the Monty Python sketch SPAM was first broadcast. The sketch is about the “Green Midget Café” where SPAM is included in almost every restaurant item, and a group of Vikings sit in the corner singing.
Nowadays the word spam is widely used to mean “unsolicited commercial email” or “junk mail”. Spam is highly annoying. Thanks to efforts find and fine prolific spammers, spam is in decline in the US. But in other nations, it’s still on the rise.
There are 13.2 billion spam messages sent every day. And more than seventy percent of them are from zombie computers.
A computer consultant has warned that computer users worldwide need to use better devices to stop their computers from becoming spam-spewing zombies.
And that was Stick News for Tuesday 25th of April.
conversations with sarah
# 17 Are you OK?
Asking about someone’s health
Sarah is chatting to her neighbour Bob. Bob is worried because Sarah looks tired.
Step 1: Repeat Bob’s lines.
Step 2: Read Bob’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!
Bob Are you OK? You look tired.
Sarah Yeah, I’m just feeling a bit run down.
Bob Too many late nights?
Sarah Yeah, I’m pretty busy at work at the moment.
Bob Oh, it’s the end of the term isn’t it?
Sarah Yeah. So I have to mark all of the end of term tests.
Bob Well, good luck.
Bob And you should try and get an early night – sleep is important.
Sarah Mmm true. I think I will.