You will perhaps remember the recent Carnival Cruise Lines fiasco, in which a cruise ship lost power and drifted for days off the coast of Baja California, the hungry passengers subsisting unhappily on a diet of Spam and croissants and Pop Tarts courtesy of the U.S. Navy. A Wall Street Journal article published yesterday now questions whether Spam was ever consumed by the passengers. It's good to know that our nation's finest journalists are on top of things like this.

The issue is whether Spam was or was not airlifted onto the ship by Navy helicopters, whether it was perhaps some other canned meat, and finally whether Spam (if it was Spam) was eaten at all but instead taken off of the ship by Carnival workers unopened and handed back over to the Navy, which possibly then transported the stuff to a Naval air station in Coronado, California.

From there, I don't know, maybe it was sent overseas, or maybe to Roswell. It seems like that sort of story. Maybe Carnival can market a Where's-the-Spam board game, suitable for stranded cruise ship crews and passengers. Or maybe the Navy should commission it — something to pass the time in recruitment offices — since they've apparently got all the Spam.

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