Netizens and other fried chicken fans know it: fast food brand KFC is very selective about its subscriptions on Twitter. As such, his official Twitter account “follows” only 11 people.
A very low figure compared to other large fast food accounts — McDonald’s (14,600 subscribers), Burger King (3920 subscribers), Pizza Hut (95,200 subscribers) or Five Guys (1472 subscribers).
The low sub count fueled the curiosity of one twitter user.
A tribute to the secret recipe of KFC
On Twitter, a young American living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, looked at this number and conducted his investigation. An investigation whose result is rather amusing. The 11 people followed by the US page of KFC are simply 5 Spice Girls, the famous British group of pop singers, and 6 men named Herb. And that’s not a coincidence.
.@KFC follows 11 people.
Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb.
11 Herbs & Spices. I need time to process this.
— Edge (@edgette22) October 19, 2017
After verification, it turns out that Geri Horner, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Victoria Beckham are well “tracked” by the official Twitter account of KFC.
On the side of the gentlemen mentioned, the common point is limited only to the name they share, in this case Herb. For the rest, each one evolves in a very specific field of activity: Herb Waters (player of American football of Green Bay Packers), Herb Dean (coach in martial arts), Herb Sendek (coach of the basketball team of Santa Clara University), Herb Alpert (American singer and trumpeter), Herb Scribner (web producer) and Herb Wesson (political personality).
To take a closer look, this is a play on words: 11 “herbs” and “spices” are followed by KFC. Since the brand’s inception in 1930, chefs have been keeping secret the famous fried chicken recipe. In August 2016, the Chicago Tribune claimed to have found this formula … with 11 spices. The HuffPost was eager to taste this preparation.
On Twitter, the publication quickly became viral with no less than 156,000 retweets and more than 320,000 likes. Many Internet users have also commented on it by saluting the ingenuity of the concept and the discovery of the young man.
the person that runs the KFC account needs a raise. I don't care how much they make now. GIVE THEM A RAISE.
— Samantha O'Pumpkins (@sicklittlejag) October 19, 2017
Still in the same vein, fast food chain Wendy’s also entered the debate with a small valve.
Just realized they weren't following back.
Good joke though.
— Wendy's (@Wendys) October 20, 2017