You've got to use his first name.
You don’t hear the old-fashioned name “Harland” much any more. But KFC wants to change that.
The fried chicken fast food chain just launched a bizarre contest, and anyone who is having a baby soon — and who is willing to name their child after KFC founder Harland Sanders — could win $11,000.
(Yes, the KFC founder’s given name is Harland — not Colonel. Not that he got his title from the military; rather, the governor of Kentucky gave it to the fried chicken entrepreneur as an honorary designation.)
According to the terms of KFC’s contest, participants are eligible to win if they have a baby born in the U.S. on September 9 — the day that the original Harland Sanders was born — and give the child the legal name Harland. If you and your family check those boxes, submit the information to the “Baby Harland” page no later than October 9.
A winner will be picked from the submissions shortly thereafter; the winner will be the child who is born earliest on that date.
Why $11,000? The figure is supposed to honor the 11 herbs and spices that go into KFC’s fried chicken recipe.
The company says the $11,000 prize is intended to help pay for little baby Harland’s college bills, two decades or so down the road. Just note that $11,000 wouldn’t come close to covering the average cost of one year at college now, let alone in the years ahead — and that only one person who enters KFC’s contest will actually win the money. Given that, it’s certainly worth thinking twice before naming your child Harland.
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So perhaps it’s best to go with another name for your child. How about Colonel? Or maybe even Sanders? Either of those would be pretty cool.