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Colonel Sanders rescued from the river after 24 years

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  1. Jon88

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    TOKYO &#8211; He was covered in mud when pulled from the river, and had lost both legs and hands, not to mention his glasses. But Colonel Sanders still had his trademark smile, 24 years later.

    A statue of the KFC mascot has been found in a river in Osaka, a city official said Wednesday, nearly a quarter century after being tossed in by crazed baseball fans who felt the image of restaurant founder Harland Sanders resembled a key team member.

    "He was apparently found standing upright, which is fitting, because although he was a nice man he could also be very strict and demanding," said Sumeo Yokakawa, a spokeswoman at the chain's Tokyo headquarters.

    She said the statue was taken from a nearby KFC restaurant and tossed in the river as part of a celebration by baseball fans in 1985, the year Osaka's baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers, won the national championship.

    Local fans thought the Colonel bore a resemblance to Randy Bass, a bearded power hitter and first baseman from the U.S. who played for the team at the time.

    Fans often jump into the murky river to celebrate the team's successes, but there has been little to celebrate in recent years. Many fans feel the team has been plagued by the "curse of Colonel Sanders" since his effigy was submerged in 1985.

    It has failed to win a national championship since, although it did win its division in 2003.

    The upper half of the statue was found Tuesday in Osaka's Dotonburi River during construction work to build a new walkway, according to city official Hideo Yuko. His legs and right hand were found Wednesday morning.

    The colonel will be kept in police custody for the time being, but Yokakawa said KFC is considering donating him to the home stadium of the Tigers in Osaka. The store where he originally stood has since closed.

    The KFC chain currently operates about 1,160 restaurants in Japan, and has about 1,000 Colonel Sanders statues in the country.

    Osaka, Japan's second-largest city after Tokyo, is located about 260 miles (420 kilometers) west of the capital.
  2. Rampage

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    Colonel Sanders was a great man. he is the provider of my favorite meal on game days.
  3. DallasCowpoke

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    Geez, who'd they have on their team, Burl Ives!?
  4. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    Grease?
  5. ZeroClub

    ZeroClub just trying to get better

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  6. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    :laugh2:
  7. Jon88

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    I thought that was really funny.
  8. Rampage

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    KFC>Popeyes
  9. Jon88

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    No way. KFC is too bland. I didn't even know you had Popeyes in New York.
  10. DallasCowpoke

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    There, FIFY.
  11. Rampage

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    we do but not near me and i'm happy about that. I tried Popeyes for the 1st time when I went to Dallas last year and it tasted like cheap flavorless kfc without the 11 herbs and spices.

    what does "fify" mean and why do you say it all the time?
  12. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Fixed it for you.
  13. Dawgs0916

    Dawgs0916 Will the Thrill

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    i think it means fixed it for you.....the amount of acronyms for people on the computer is ridiculously nowadays.
  14. ABQCOWBOY

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    :lmao2:
  15. DallasFanSince86

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    :lmao:

    Funny.
  16. Bob Sacamano

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    **** in ****ing y'arse

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