Twenty-four years after being unceremoniously submerged by overexcited baseball fans, a statue of Colonel Sanders has been lifted from an Osaka river. Sanders has, of course, traditionally been known for his signature fried chicken, but apparently his resemblance to an American player on the mid-’80s Osaka baseball team the Hanshin Tigers was what prompted the dunking; fans were celebrating the team winning the national championship. Perhaps the Colonel’s resurrection will help turn the tide on the Tigers’ fortunes—they haven’t won a national championship since the incident.
Sanders’s influence goes well beyond baseball in Japan, though. Check out his imitators in London.