Hide your mothers—the Colonel is coming.

 1968 print ad for Kentucky Fried Chicken

1968 print ad for Kentucky Fried Chicken

As of 2017, KFC boasts 21,000+ locations around the world. Founded in 1930 out of North Corbin, Kentucky, the Colonel has been charming us all for what feels like a lifetime. What may not be widely known is that Colonel Harland Sanders was, in fact, a real person who actually started the chain. The governor of Kentucky during Sanders' time had even designated him a colonel. More about his life here.