Colonel Sanders is a very persuasive man. After all, he got a gazillion people to eat his fried chicken. Now this larger-than-life figure is convincing people he’s not really dead. And not just any people, but the leaders of the United Nation. An impostor sporting the colonel’s trademark white suit, black western string tie, snow-white goatee and horned-rimmed glasses infiltrated the UN building in New York and gained an audience with General Assembly president Ali Treki, who we can only presume is a huge Original Recipe fan. At first we thought the man was a deranged lunatic (the fake colonel, not the General Assembly president). But then we learned the stunt was orchestrated by KFC as part of its Grilled Nation ad campaign. It seems the chicken franchise has been writing letters to the UN to recognize “Grilled Nation” as a member state. The UN wasn’t amused. Rumor has it that the Security Council is now considering sanctions against the fictional Grilled Nation, including a ban on all poultry products.
Bye bye Big Mac. The people of Iceland lined up by the thousands last week to get their final taste of McDonald’s. The burger franchise is shutting all three of its locations in Iceland as the global financial crisis continues to batter this frozen island nation. Magnus Ogmundsson, who owns the three Mickey D’s franchises, said the collapse of the Icelandic krona was killing his business. He would have had to raise the price of a Big Mac to $6.36, making it the most expensive in the world. The restaurants have been packed since McDonald’s announced it was exiting the country. This isn’t the first major fast-food chain to turn its back on Iceland. Burger King shut down its two franchises at the end of last year due, also due to the economic meltdown.
World’s most expensive job. Got half a million bucks? If so, you can buy yourself a job at Dunkin’ Donuts. No joke. An exec at the donut colossus will have to pay $500,000 to his former employer for taking the job at Dunkin’. Paul Twohig, a former bigwig at Starbucks Corp., agreed to fork over the dough to settle a lawsuit that accused him of violating a non-competition agreement. Twohig also promised not to reveal any of Starbucks’ trade secrets. Like how to get customers to order in Italian.