(PCM) Chicken Boy is a gigantic 22-foot tall statue that currently resides along historic Route 66 in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles, California. After many tumultuous years of being taken up and down and resting for two years in a storage facility Chicken Boy finally found his permanent home upon the roof of 5558 North Figueroa an art design firm owned by Amy Inouye.
Chicken Boy’s ceremonial birthday is celebrated on September 1, as that is when he made his initial debut a top a Los Angeles chicken restaurant from 1969 to 1984 when the owner of the restaurant passed away. People from all over the country continue to make the trek to visit the iconic Chicken Boy statue that has since been named a historic California landmark. Chicken Boy even has his very own website/on-line store! He is often referred to as the Statue Of Liberty of Los Angeles.
We say there is no better way to celebrate Chicken Boy’s birthday this month than kicking off September, which also happens to be National Eat Chicken month, with a tasty plate of some delicious fried chicken and a tall glass of sweet tea.
On average a typical U.S. household serves some sort of chicken dish about seven times or more per month which adds up to be able 82 pounds of chicken per person for a whole year. A few years ago in celebration of National Chicken Month, KFC conducted a survey to find out about America’s chicken consuming habits.
Some fun facts from that survey can be found below:
When asked the age-old question “what came first the chicken or the egg?,”nearly seven out of 10 turned to the biblical belief that the chicken came before the egg. On the other hand, the U.S.D.A. data statisticians have proven that the egg did, in fact, come before the chicken. Any way you look at it, a chicken can’t be born without an egg, and an egg can’t be laid without a chicken … so both answers are correct.(2)
When it comes to fried chicken, most dig in and forget proper etiquette! More than four out of five surveyed toss aside utensils and eat chicken with their hands.
— Believe it or not, slightly more women (85%) than men (81%) are apt to
forget the fork!
— This is good news for those visiting Gainesville, Ga. — the chicken
capital of the world — where it is illegal to eat chicken with a fork.
Piece by Piece
Hands down, almost seven out of 10 people surveyed prefer white meat to
dark. When it comes to the most favored piece of chicken, the breast prevails
by close to 50 percent over leg, thigh, boneless and wing.
— Breast 48%
— Leg 18%
— Thigh 13%
— Boneless 13%
— Wing 10%
On the Side but Still in the “Game”
When deciding which side dish to bring to the table, 48 percent surveyed
chose mashed potatoes & gravy as their favorite, followed by fries, cole slaw,
corn on the cob or baked beans.
— Mashed Potatoes & Gravy 48%
— Fries 19%
— Cole slaw 17%
— Corn on the cob 13%
— Baked beans 3%
Who Better than KFC to Give You Chicken Facts?
— Today, people are eating three times as much chicken as they did in the
early 1960s; in fact, chicken consumption surpasses that of beef each
— A chicken has been clocked at running 25 miles per hour(4)
— While humans have about 9,000 taste buds in their mouths, chicken have
only 24 located in several areas of their mouth and tongue(5)
— According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the largest chicken,
named Weirdo, weighed in at a whopping 22 pounds and came from
Calaveras County, Calif.(6)
— In Quitman, Ga., it’s illegal for a chicken to cross the road
— A group of chickens is called a “peep of chicken”
— Colonel Sanders (the founder of KFC, best known for his white suit and
black string tie) was the second most recognized public figure in the
world back in 1979(7)
— An estimated 736 million KFC chickens are consumed annually
— Laid head to claw, KFC chickens consumed worldwide each year would
reach 209,000 miles — encircling the Earth at the equator 8-1/2