KFC Is Officially Launching A Chicken Sandwich Into Space

In what I personally think must be the most elaborate advertising campaign ever, KFC is launching a Zinger chicken sandwich up into space, in case any aliens want to try earthling fast food.

“We’re excited to be the ones pushing spicy, crispy chicken sandwich space travel forward,” Kevin Hochman, KFC U.S. president, said in a statement

The sandwich’s flight will last four days and sail through the stratosphere, at about seven to 30 miles above the earth’s surface. And though it all seems silly to some, the company is doing this in part to support World View, a private space travel company. “When we were first contacted by KFC to send a Zinger into space, we obviously thought it was quite funny,” said Jane Poynter, World View CEO, via email toMashable

“But we quickly realized this was a great opportunity for us to publicly demonstrate our breakthrough Stratollite technology to a large audience while simultaneously financing a significant portion of the vehicle’s development.”

The June 21st flight will be broadcast live online, if you want to see fried chicken history unfold before your eyes.

“We’re going to learn a lot about long-duration stratospheric flight, while at the same time developing and testing some core systems capabilities that we’ve never had before,” Poynter said. 

“For example,  this  is the  first time we’ll be testing our solar power system, which is the on-board, regenerative power system that will allow the Stratollite vehicle to ultimately fly for months at a time without interruption. We’re also developing and testing a real-time HD video downlink system, among other critical systems improvements.”

Eventually, World View wants to send tourists into space, they told Mashable. So in that way, the sandwich really is a pioneer. 

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Survey Finds The Most Successful First Dates Involve Fried Chicken

If you really want a first date to go well, maybe suggest getting fried chicken together. It might be greasy, but according to a survey by the dating app Hinge, suggesting a fried chicken joint is the restaurant cuisine most likely to lead to a date.

In general, people thought that the best overall date idea was getting drinks. Interestingly, Hinge users particularly loved Bloody Mary’s, though you’d think all that garlic would make it a date drink to avoid! But 24 percent of Hinge users loved the idea of grabbing fried chicken for a first date. Watch out, though, because apparently 23 percent of Hinge users would rather grab vegan food. Hinge users: apparently eclectic! 

The app even breaks down the most and least successful locations for a first date by major city—San Francisco daters loved going to Golden Gate Park, for instance, but turned their noses up at the cocktail bar Novela (their loss, it looks really cute). 

You can see dating advice for the city near you over at Hinge’s website.

No promises that any of this will result in you getting married, though it did kind of make me want to marry a bucket of fried chicken.

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