It's interesting to see who celebs and big corporations follow on social media, because it shows who is in their inner circle. Take the current President of the United States Donald Trump, for example. The 45th man in charge only follows a mere 45 accounts.
Could it be a coincidence that he's the 45th President and his mind can only work with very basic association levels? Probably, but it's not just him with a small "following number". Take award-winning singer (and all-round musical god) Beyonce. She only subscribes to a humble 10 people: her sister, her Destiny's Child bandmates, as well as a few other singers.
While those two examples are hardly eyebrow-raising, they don't quite compare to the fast food giant KFC. You'd think it would be a no-brainer for a food brand with such influence to follow loads of people. Maybe even follow their rivals to keep an eye on the competition, or perhaps start a Twitter beef with. The official KFC account, however, follows only 11 people.
At first look, it's a bit confusing why those 11 people have been chosen:
There's singer and one-fifth of the Spice Girls, Geri Horner:
Then there's singer and another one-fifth of the Spice Girls, Mel B:
"Baby Spice" Emma Bunton makes the third Spice Girl on the list:
Spice Girl Mel C is also followed by the fast-food chain:
Next up is the final Spice Girl and fashionista, Victoria Beckham:
Then we have writer and producer (and proud KFC followee), Herb Scribner:
The seventh person to be followed is the very first African-American President of the LA City Council, Mr. Herb J Wesson:
Then we have the phenomenal cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Herb Waters:
Then the hugely respected former MMA fighter-turned-referee, Herb Dean:
Then we have Santa Clara University Head Coach, Herb Sendek (have you found theme yet?):
And finally, the hugely successful singer and musician, Herb Alpert:
So, The Colonel follows all five of the SPICE girls, and six guys named HERB. Hmmm? Has the penny dropped yet?
Well, as we know, KFC prides itself in having 11 herbs and spices in its Original Recipe chicken. This masterstroke of banter pays homage to KFC's ethos, if you will. The revelation has certainly left some fans completely bamboozled and in awe at the genius marketing ploy:
Other Twitter people have called the move 'genius', 'hilarious' and 'brilliant', but fast food chain and rival Wendy's took the news pretty hard, commenting: "Just realized they weren't following back. Rude. Good joke though."
Those 11 herbs and spices (the KFC recipe, not the Spice Girls and the guys named Herb) is notorious for being one of the most well-guarded secrets in the fast food restaurant industry. A copy of the mixture is reportedly held in a vault in the Louisville headquarters, along with a vial of each ingredient. The only thing missing is a pit full of alligators, but KFC is yet to confirm or deny their existence.
It's been an elusive recipe until last year, when Kentucky resident Joe Ledington came forward with what he claimed to be the correct mixture for the delicious and succulent chicken. Employees at the Chicago Tribune did a test, adding only MSG, and came away with a product they believed was 'indistinguishable' to the real deal.
Am I going to share the recipe with you? Of course I am. Ledington's recipe is two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon thyme, half a teaspoon basil, a third of a teaspoon oregano, one teaspoon celery salt, one teaspoon black pepper, one teaspoon dried mustard, four teaspoons paprika, two teaspoons garlic salt, one teaspoon ground ginger and three teaspoons white pepper.
Got all that down? Good. All you need now is a frier, as well as a good side of biscuits, mashed potato or coleslaw. Perhaps KFC should follow other key brand-associated food, but then you leave the danger of killing a good joke. And this joke is pretty finger-lickin' good.