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KFC is selling an actual meteorite for $20,000… and it’s the shape of a chicken sandwich

Published Jul 13th, 2017 5:00PM EDT
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There are lots of rocks floating around out in space, but when they find their way to Earth they suddenly become extremely valuable as collector’s items. There’s a whole industry devoted to buying and selling pieces of space rock that have landed on our planet, and people pay big bucks for the most impressive specimens. KFC — yes, the fried chicken chain — is apparently interested in getting into the business of slinging space junk, and it’s put a meteorite up for sale on its online store… only this one is a little, well, weird.

The rock, which weighs in at nine and a half pounds, measures nearly six inches across and almost four inches tall. It’s a piece of genuine space rock, or so KFC claims, but rather than simply let the metallic hunk of material remain in its god-given shape, the company hired a trio of artists to carve it into the shape of a chicken sandwich. This might sound like the perfect April Fool’s gag, but this is indeed 100% real.

“This one-of-a-kind meteorite is a real, space-made meteorite from space,” KFC explains on the listing page. “Sculpted by the harsh elements that exist in the vastness of space (and then later by three artists named Haley, Scott, and Mike), this Zinger chicken sandwich-shaped meteorite has all the Zinger chicken sandwich-shaped details you’ve come to expect from the Zinger chicken sandwich. Don’t miss your chance to own this very significant and very heavy piece of chicken sandwich space travel history.”

So, how much do you have to pony up to say you own a sandwich-shaped meteorite? A cool $20,000. That’s not entirely insane, however, as even small chunks of meteorite can fetch several thousands of dollars, and this impressive chunk also has some pop culture appeal. That being said, I won’t be buying it, but someone most definitely will.