KFC created a painting for the man who figured out its 11 herbs and spices Twitter joke

If you want to be immortalized by your favorite fast food restaurant, you just need to decode their social media presence. 

KFC recently sent a gift to Mike Edgette, the man who recently discovered something clever about the fast food chain’s twitter account. 

Remember this special tweet from last month? 

Edgette tweeted back in October that KFC’s twitter account followed five spice girls and six random guys named Herb, which adds up to KFC’s famous 11 herbs and spices recipe.  

The tweet got a lot of attention, the internet’s mind was blown, and KFC decided to send a painting to commemorate Edgette’s discovery.  

Which is probably the most unexpected response possible. 

Edgette told Mashable, “I cry a little every time I look at it. Tears of joy.”

In the painting, Colonel Sanders is giving a piggyback ride to Edgette while he bravely wields a fried drumstick. There are mountains in the background along majestic wildlife. It looks like KFC’s interpretation of a classic American landscape, just with two fried chicken fanatics.  

Image: Mike edgette

Edgette said he got a message from KFC on Twitter Friday night saying that he would be receiving a package the next day. And lo, it came the next day with a special letter from a certain, long-deceased colonel.

“The doorbell rang and a giant package was sitting on my doorstep,” said Edgette. He figured the painting was a gift from KFC for his tweet going viral.

Edgette also acknowledged the theories bubbling up online that he may have been part of a PR stunt. 

“I know that’s the conspiracy theory going around. But no, never worked with KFC or Yum brands or anything like that and neither has the company I work for, TallGrass PR,” said Edgette.

KFC also sent him 52 gift cards worth $5 each.  Edgette explained that the painting is currently hanging in his living room. 

There’s gotta be something hidden in Taco Bell’s Instagram account. We’re going to find it and hope they carve a statue depicting us with that chihuahua. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/09/kfc-sents-gift-to-man-who-had-viral-tweet/