Should you happen upon a truck stop KFC during these final days of Christmas, you might not realize your good fortune. You would, though, if you were living in Japan.
Turns out the Colonel Sanders empire pulled off a marketing coup in that island nation by establishing the notion of fried chicken as the traditional Christmas dinner. The holiday is barely recognized in Japan, where only 1 percent of the population is Christian.
It started with the “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) marketing campaign in 1974, reports the Smithsonian.com. Now people wait in line up to two hours – or order in advance – their “Christmas chicken.”
So if you have a few families in front of you at, say, one of the Flying J KFC outlets, be thankful it’s a relatively short wait. And be sure to lick those fingers after eating that finger-lickin’ good bird before you grab your steering wheel.
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