A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 05, 2010
“Heart attack in a bottle” ("Heart attack in a can")

"Heart attack in a bottle” (or “heart attack in a can") is a product loaded with potential artery-cloggers. “Heart attack in a can” is cited in print since at least February 1998 and “heart attack in a bottle” since July 1999. The expression “heart attack in a can” first described SPAM, but was gradually extended to describe other foods. “Heart attack in a bottle” has described vitamin supplements and energy drinks.

Similar expressions include “heart attack on a plate” (since April 1988), “heart attack on a bun” (since February 1992), “heart attack in a bag” (since January 1995) and “heart attack on a stick” (since August 1995).


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From: (+ el_rAy +)
Date: 1998/02/28
Subject: Re: What wouldn’t you eat??

SPAM=scientifically prepared artificial meat or as it should be known: ‘Heart attack in a can’

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From: Joe
Date: 1999/07/10
Subject: Re: Herbal solution

Also known as, “The heart attack in a bottle”, the FDA along with the DEA have been working very hard over the years to get the stuff properly classified as an amphetamine. Right now, it’s marketed as a “Herbal Diet Supplement”.

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From: “Felice Friese”
Date: 2000/03/29
Subject: Re: What is “Crisco”

So now you know more than you wanted to know about Crisco. It’s a heart attack in a can, but it’s NOT all bad. It makes disgusting frosting, but it makes terrific biscuits. Win some, lose some.

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From:
Date: 2000/07/12
Subject: Clarity

The depression is gone, now there is no feeling. A vacuous void stares through my eyes at the bottle of pills, garunteed heart attack in a bottle.

October 2000, Journal of Popular Culture, “From Minnesota fat to seoul food: Spam in America and the Pacific rim” by George H. Lewis, pg. 83+:
Although Spam is taken quite seriously as a “good to think” foodstuff in many areas of the world-and especially in the Pacific Rim-elsewhere it is also the butt of innumerable jokes, many of which place the alleged lack of sophistication and social worth of Spam lovers at their core. Others, perhaps of a more nutritional bent of mind, are likely to classify Spam, at 256 calories per 4 ounce serving, as “bad to think”; “a nutritionally dangerous heart-attack-in-a-can” (Mennell et al. 41-47).
(...)
Mennell, Stephen, et al. The Sociology of Food: Eating, Diet and Culture.
London: Sage, 1992.

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SpenceSTL
03-03-2003, 06:27 AM
Red Bull and Coffee and T-BURN (Heart attack in a bottle) and Xanax OWN me wink

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