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Woman Has Epiphany While Eating Canned Ham

It's cute, it's canned, it's `Haminal.'

It's cute, it's canned, it's `Haminal.'

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 0:57 GMT

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – For one woman, eating canned ham changed her entire life.

About five years ago, Crystal Chesney-Thompson was sitting around a campfire roasting SPAM with her friends when she began to wonder where the weird food actually came from.

After much discussion, she drew up an impromptu sketch of a little square, canned-shaped animal that she imagined canned ham to be and dubbed it “Haminal.”

Years later, her quirky character – a combination of a guinea pig, hamster, and regular pig – can be seen on T- shirts, books, and as a stuffed plush on haminal.com.

Chesney-Thompson says Haminal is beloved the world over but has an especially solid fanbase in Hawaii, where SPAM is very popular.

Since creating her little friend, Chesney-Thompson admits it’s harder for her to eat canned ham without thinking of Haminal’s cute face, so she limits herself to eating it only once a year out of respect for him.

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