#1 By: Cory Doctorow, January 18th, 2014 01:01
#2 By: Eksrae, January 18th, 2014 01:37
Remember, if the London police preface a stop with "What's all this then?", they can legally search your belongings. And anyone running around taking pictures of chicken restaurants -- well, that's just not normal; it's best to err on the side of public safety.
#3 By: TimmoWarner, January 18th, 2014 02:03
The only vaguely KFCish logo I see is the one that happens to have red and white stripes.
#4 By: Hangle E. Mann, January 18th, 2014 02:04
...and KFC-ish logos, all carefully titrated to be just far enough from the KFC version to keep the Colonel's savage attack-lawyers at bay.
I think that's a bit of a stretch. Except for the "Tennessee Fried Chicken" one, which is an exact duplicate of the KFC font (and almost the name!), the only things any of the other logos shown have in common with any KFC logo past or present are that they use the color red, and the product they are advertising is fried chicken. And I guess one has red and white stripes, but if that's the case, Waldo, candy canes and circus tents are all ripping off the Colonel.
#5 By: digitalArtform, January 18th, 2014 02:50
He's everywhere! He's everywhere!
#6 By: Derek Chan, January 18th, 2014 02:56
I dont get the lower left corner one. Red with a white circle and 2 marks? Whats that supposed to represent?
#7 By: Jonathan Roberts, January 18th, 2014 03:19
That rooster seems very excited about visiting 'hen cottage'.
#8 By: El Mariachi, January 18th, 2014 03:40
It’s the same as the other chicken heads around it, only smaller. All you can make out is the comb and wattle.
#9 By: Nelson Cunnington, January 18th, 2014 03:57
There's a broad, ill-defined spectrum between plagiarism and homage, between being x-ish and "ripping off". Nobody's fooled by these logos, but we're not meant to be: the logos are saying that the shop sells fried chicken of a vaguely KFC-ish nature, which is what we're looking for on a Friday night, and the logos do that by being vaguely KFC-ish themselves.
It's not a question of 'ripping off', except perhaps in the sullen way those who employ an attack-lawyer resent anyone doing anything that resembles what they do, just because they've decided that they 'own' the idea of fried chicken on the High Street, say.
These logos are KFC-ish more than they are Nando-ish, more than they would be, say, Forest-of-Dean Traditional Microwaved Chicken-ish, and much more than they are Father Christmas-ish. That's all that's meant by being KFC-ish; nobody except attack-lawyers cares about the degree of resemblance.
#10 By: Natalie Sloan, January 18th, 2014 07:28
Here is a fine video celebrating the Chicken Shops of London set to Duelling Banjos.. Classy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1wK7eIM0sI
#11 By: kmoser, January 18th, 2014 09:12
#12 By: Stephen Anderson, January 18th, 2014 10:02
Why do most of his chicken turn to the right?
#13 By: Alex R, January 18th, 2014 12:16
Once the Queen pops her clogs, all new chicken shop signs will face the other way.
#14 By: Ben 4149, January 18th, 2014 14:02
Meanwhile in Thailand:
#15 By: Preston, January 18th, 2014 15:42
Props for using the word "titrated." Another perfectly good word one rarely gets to use the word "sinter."
#16 By: John Thoeming, January 18th, 2014 16:37
Like in "Sinter me timbers"
#17 By: Rob Northrup, January 18th, 2014 22:47
When I glanced at the assembled logos, I could tell that it's a collection of mascots for baseball teams from some alternate universe.
#18 By: daneel, January 18th, 2014 23:05
There's a Karachi Fried Chicken in Birmingham.
#19 By: retchdog, January 19th, 2014 00:19
… there's a difference between imitation and emulation. Let me tell you the difference. OK? If you imitate someone, you owe them a royalty check. If you emulate them, you don't. There's a big difference. Check your lawyer.
#20 By: Stefan Jones, January 19th, 2014 00:31
In the southern hemisphere they turn to the left.
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