This, apparently, is something of a concern in some of the world's crowded capital cities, where appreciation for fried chicken sometimes becomes a public nuisance. Look, (almost) everyone loves fried chicken, but you kinda have to be part of that action to enjoy its scintillating aromas. As they used to say in class, "if you didn't bring enough for everybody, then leave it until lunchtime". Getting a strong waft can be a tease or even a bummer if it's forced upon you, which becomes a minor situation when it comes to public transport.
Which brings us to Japan and the brilliant scientists therein. A new KFC product is about to hit the streets, but unless you're handed a piece, you may not even smell it coming.
Get ready to enjoy the Colonel's signature blend of herbs and spices, but without all the neighbor-taunting aromas. Leave it to Japan to launch us into the future of politeness. According to Sora News 24, it's going to be called 'Fried Chicken Home Type', which is marginally more ominous than most chicken product names. It's available only at KFC Station, the takeaway outlet in Shinjuku Subway station in Tokyo.
Fried chicken is the go-to meal of choice for the Japanese come Christmastime. Hence, they had to figure out something to manage people's complaints.
Sora News 24 sampled the flavor for us and did indeed confirm that you have to jam your nose all the way into the box in order to detect the faintest aroma. Another discovery was that it's served room temperature, and that if you microwave that bad boy it'll steam up and release all the aromas it has been denying the air and the nostrils of others. So whether or not this is a delivery upgrade and not a wholly new kind of cooking remains to be seen.
Americans received the news in a somewhat overzealous American fashion.
#Japan, I will infiltrate your public transit systems, and I will #force you to insufficate my full odored #KFC #chicken #sorrynotsorry This "low-odor" fried chicken is #unacceptable! KFC smells amazing, dare I say... It's an aphrodisiac to us here in #murica. https://t.co/ckfZvkYBcp— Jarrel Walker (@jarrelcwalker) December 26, 2017
Either way, leave it to Japan to set the example for being aware of other people.