Monday, June 27, 2016

George Hamilton is the ‘Extra Crispy Colonel’; Why KFC Keeps Switching the Actors

George Hamilton
George Hamilton (Inquisitr/Getty Images)
It is ironic that Kentucky Fried Chicken, aka KFC, has chosen George Hamilton to portray the latest version of the company’s founder, Colonel Harland David Sanders. The commercial is aimed to those who are unaware of who the real Colonel Sanders was, but many of them won’t know who Hamilton is either or why he is perfect to play the “Extra Crispy Colonel.”

Kevin Hochman, KFC’s chief marketing officer, says that George was chosen for the new commercials to let people know that the restaurant has the “extra crispy” as second choice, but what younger people won’t understand is that Hollywood has teased Hamilton because of his very dark tanned skin for many years. “Extra Crispy Chicken is fried to a golden brown. George Hamilton isn’t fried to a golden brown, but he is tanned to a golden brown,” says Hochman.

Related: Will the Real Colonel Sanders Please Stand Up?

So Many Video Games Controllers, So Little Time - Video of the Day

Who knew that there have been so many? (From Super Deluxe)

Route 66 is Officially Taken Off the Map

Route 66 was taken off the U.S. Highway System on June 27, 1985.
June 27, 1985
U.S. Route 66, AKA the Will Rogers Highway AKA Main Street of America AKA the Mother Road was one of the original highways within the U.S. Highway System. It was established on November 11, 1926 and ran from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Santa Monica, California and covered 2,448 miles. Many took the trek from end to end just to do it and many more were familiar with the highway because of the song (“Get Your Kicks on Route 66”) and the Route 66 television show. During its heyday, local businesses did a pretty good business attracting travelers along route. Those same businesses fought against the growing threat of a new Interstate Highway System. On this day in 1985, the route was officially removed from the U.S. Highway System, but several states have “adopted” bypassed sections and renamed them “Historic Route 66.”

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Will the Real Colonel Sanders Please Stand Up?

The many faces of Colonel Sanders
In what continues to be a confusing and sometimes head-scratching campaign for Kentucky Fried Chicken's (or KFC if you prefer) marketing, the powers that be keep changing their restaurants' Colonel Sanders impersonators.

KFC has unveiled yet another imposter known as the "Extra Crispy Colonel" (bottom right). Do you recognize him? The face belongs to ever-tan George Hamilton promoting the franchise's extra crispy chicken of course. 

“Extra Crispy is a huge opportunity for our business,” KFC CMO Kevin Hochman told Business Insider. “Over half of people don’t know that we have more than one recipe. Extra Crispy Chicken is fried to a golden brown. George Hamilton isn’t fried to a golden brown, but he is tanned to a golden brown.” 
The first phony Colonel (top left) was played by former Saturday Night Live actor, Darrell Hammond who began the role in May of 2015. He was replaced in August of 2015 with Norm MacDonald (top right.) Then came Jim Gaffigan (bottom left) who first appeared during the 2016 Superbowl where he awoke from a nightmare fearing that someone had stolen his identity.

The commercials are sort of odd and not particularly funny, but they do seem to be working for the chain as sales have gone up while introducing Colonel Sanders to a younger generation, even if it is a fictional one. The real Colonel Sanders, who used to be seen in the older KFC commercials, died in 1980.

The one and only Colonel Sanders.
The one and only Colonel Sanders. (KFC)

‘The Lottery’ Ruffles Feathers

"The Lottery" was published on June 26, 1948.
June 26, 1948
The disturbing fictional short story, “The Lottery,” written by Shirley Jackson, was published for the first time in The New Yorker magazine on this day in 1948. It is known as “one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature” but not necessarily in a favorable sense. The story tells of a small community of 300 or so residents who each year hold a lottery in which one town member gets stoned to death. Both Jackson and The New Yorker were surprised by the negative reaction of readers who cancelled their subscriptions and sent hate mail to the magazine. A month later, Jackson gave an explanation for the story: “Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.” Ironically, some of the letter were from curious readers who wanted to know where these lotteries were held and if they would be allowed to watch!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The History of Dippin' Dots - Video of the Day

So, who makes Dippin' Dots anyway? (Great Big Story)

Star Wars Museum to Find a New Home

Mellody Hobson and her husband George Lucas (Inquistir/Getty)
“Chicago's loss will be another city's gain,” said Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel in response to George Lucas’ announcement that his Star Wars-theme museum would not be built in Chicago after all but instead, the long-planned projects will be moved to “somewhere” in California report MSN. "No one benefits from continuing their seemingly unending litigation to protect a parking lot," said Lucas in a statement last Friday. “The actions initiated by Friends of the Parks and their recent attempts to extract concessions from the city have effectively overridden approvals received from numerous democratically elected bodies of government.”

Emanuel had been a supporter of the project when it was approved by Chicago’s City Council in 2014 agreeing that the museum would bring jobs and increased tourism to the city, but his words fell on deaf ears as the Friends of the Parks group has fought the proposed project from the beginning expressing their displeasure of such a project. 

National Leon Day

June 25 is Leon Day
June 25
According to National Calendar Day, today is known and Leon Day. Since today marks the six month mark from Christmas Day, it is the unofficial start date for crafters wanting to make art in time for the winter holidays. “Leon” is “Noel” spelled backwards.