Kentucky Fried Rat Is Back
An oldie-but-a-goodie is making the rounds again. The Kentucky Fried Rat urban legend is back, and some in the media are dutifully pushing the latest incarnation of this aged story, which can be summed-up as such:
Devorise Dixon, A customer of KFC (which one time stood for Kentucky Fried Chicken) claims to have ordered some fried chicken, and bit into, what appears to be, a fried rat. Here is the link to the June 11 picture posted on his Facebook page.
Gotta love the classics, re-wrapped in modern garb. Assuming Mr. Dixon is an actual person, and not just a figment designed to prop up the story, the claim that he was served a rat is 100% nonsense. A KFC spokesman said the fried chicken company has “no evidence to support this allegation.”
The “Kentucky Fried Rat” tale is one of the hoariest of food contamination urban legends, and some elements of its spread are easy to explain. Within the context of fast food restaurants, the offending eatery has to be a fried chicken outlet in order for the rat to be suitably disguised as a piece of food. Once the restaurant is established as one that serves fast-food chicken, it becomes Kentucky Fried Chicken because, as folklorist Gary Alan Fine writes, “The frequency of attachment of an urban legend to the largest company or corporation is so common as to be considered a law of urban folklore.” (These days, however, many KFC outlets receive their chicken pieces pre-battered, and thus one of them could not “accidentally” batter and fry a rat.)
The Food Babe could not be reached for comment, to the benefit of us all.
***UPDATE (4:35pm)*** It’s chicken, have a gander. Bagawk!