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How The "Steamed Hams" Scene From The Simpsons Spawned An Entire Bizarre Subculture

Updated September 17, 2019 83.9k views14 items

If you're from Albany, NY, you are probably familiar with the colloquialism "Steamed Hams." For the uninformed, "Steamed Hams" is a slang term Albany denizens use for hamburgers, at least according to Seymour Skinner. In The Simpsons episode "22 Short Films About Springfield," Skinner serves his dinner guest, Superintendent Chalmers, a tray of Krusty Burgers, referring to them as "Steamed Hams." The bit is often touted as one of the funniest moments in Simpsons history, and in late 2017, it served as a muse to meme makers.

The origins of the "Steamed Hams" meme are scattered at best, and some of the best "Steamed Hams" videos were made for the sheer purpose of sh*tposting on message boards. These Simpsons memes have crossed into the realm of the mainstream internet and real life. The Simpsons can be eerily prophetic, but it can also be absurd and entertaining, as these memes prove. Get ready for Principal Skinner and Superintendent Chalmers to become your favorite Springfield citizens.

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  • 'The Skinner Chronicles' Combines 'Steamed Hams' And 'Seinfeld'

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    This "Steamed Hams" meme bookends the sketch with Skinner doing standup, much like how most Seinfeld episodes started. The meme is complete with canned studio audience laughter and reactions. 

  • One Meme Maker Reworked Clip With No Repeating Words

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    In this clip, each word is silenced throughout the rest of the scene after its first utterance. As you can imagine, the participants' speech becomes quite clipped by the end. 

  • Some 'Steamed Hams' Memes Are Straight Up Trippy

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    While many of the "Steamed Hams" memes are technical in execution, there are also a bunch that are trippy as hell, bordering into creepy territory. Take this remix for example in which the editor layered the clip at 11 different speeds. Agnes's cry for help towards the end of this piece serves as excellent nightmare fuel.

  • The Meme Takes More Forms Than Just Videos

    According to Know Your Meme, "Steamed Hams" has "become a popular subject of Simpsons sh*tposting, which re-contextualizes moments on the show into absurdist non-sequiturs."

    They point to Facebook user Chris Kanski as an example, who posted a photoshopped image of Homer’s can of “Nuts and Gum” with the words "Steamed Hams" on on July 26th, 2015. The post has since become an annual event for the Facebook page after originally attempting to break the world record for sh*tposting.

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