In 1985, a group of excited Hanshin Tigers baseball fans stole a Colonel Sanders statue from a Kentucky Fried Chicken and threw it in Osaka’s Dotonbori River. Sanders was wearing star hitter Randy Bass’ uniform at the time, and the fans did it to celebrate the Tigers’ championship. Bad move. The Tigers haven’t won a title since, causing frustrated fans to call this the Curse of the Colonel Sanders.
The awesome news is that, earlier this week, Colonel Sanders miraculously appeared near the riverbank. He was missing his arms and legs, but investigators found those nearby, too, and put him back together again. Randy Bass, who has since returned to the US and is now a Democratic senator from Oklahoma, says:
“Now that they’ve found the Colonel, the curse is over and it’s time to put your money on the Tigers.”