KFC Scented Candles, Anyone?
When I read the story that KFC scented candles — thatâ€™s candles that smell like KFC, not KFC inexplicably adding scented candles to their menu — my reaction was â€śwow, amazing!â€ť but then almost immediately â€śNo, awful!â€ť
I do think that KFC smells pretty great, and tastes pretty great, despite my guilt every time I eat it. But Iâ€™m not sure I would want my house to smell like it. Wouldnâ€™t it just make you hungry all the time? I suppose itâ€™s useful if you are trying to sell your home, as an alternative to the fresh baking smell estate agents recommend you have wafting through the house when prospective buyers drop by.
The candles are created by a company called Kentucky for Kentucky, whose aim is â€śKicking ass for the Commonwealth!â€ť (I just learned that Kentuckyâ€™s official state name is the â€śCommonwealth of Kentucky.â€ť) Letâ€™s hope that they have cleared this with KFC, or customers might have their door kicked down by KFC heavies thinking that someone is trying to recreate the secret recipe. Kentucky for Kentucky have other Kentucky themed scented candles in their range, including â€śAle 8â€ť beer and â€śKentucky Derby.â€ť The Kentucky Derby option smells like mint julep, a cocktail made from bourbon, mint and sugar which is popular at Derby time. In fact 120,000 are sold over the two days of the event. I feared it might smell of horse droppings and destitution, but mint julep sounds better.
The KFC secret recipe idea is mixed right into the candles, as creator Kathy Werking uses her own â€śinfusion of family secrets.â€ť The website says â€śTo craft the perfect xtra crispy aroma, Kathy picks up her cast iron skillet, adds a little seasoning, and gets to work. To make these candles, she fries chicken in all-natural soy wax and adds an infusion of family secrets.â€ť
The site also says that only 25 candles were made. I suspect Kathy wishes she had made more now, considering this story appeared in the Huffington Post, USA Today, at least two of the UKâ€™s leading daily newspapers, various other sites internetwide, and now on redorbit, of course.
Chicken scented candles going viral â€“ whoâ€™d have thought it. The phenomenon of public consumption is a weird one, isnâ€™t it? I read this week that a Welshman named Kevin Beresford failed to sell a single, solitary copy of his 2014 calendar entitled “Fast Disappearing Red Telephone Boxes of Wales 2014.â€ť That may not be terribly surprising, unless you consider that his â€śRoundabouts of Great Britain 2012â€ť sold over 100,000 copies.
As if doing weird things to food hadnâ€™t gone far enough recently, by frying it with wax and making a candle out of it, I also read on redOrbit that experimental, sciencey types Christina Agapakis and Sissel Tolaas have made cheese using bacteria from feet and armpits. Oh, and the belly button. The reason our feet and other body parts smell like cheese is apparently because the bacteria are very similar; it is not just coincidence.Â The way bacteria work, and the way we think of odors, is what the team want to highlight. They admit that the food is unlikely to be eaten. But who knows, it might go viral (or bacterial).
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