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KFC wants to make a fried chicken bucket hot tub — and you to pay for it


KFC has launched a crowdfunding effort for a Kentucky Fried Hot Tub, and other odd ventures, as part of its new KFC Innovations Lab. (KFC)

Fancy yourself sizzling in a bubbling hot tub shaped like a greasy bucket of steamy fried chicken? KFC is hoping you do.

The fast food chain is even banking on you paying for it.

The company has launched a crowdfunding page for a Kentucky Fried Hot Tub, and other odd ventures, as part of its new KFC Innovations Lab.

The hot tub project has a fixed goal of $46,683, but as of Thursday afternoon there were only seven backers pledging a total of $285 in the campaign that launched Tuesday.

This jacuzzi is “like a KFC bucket, but bigger and filled with soothing hot water instead of delicious fried chicken,” the campaign on Indiegogo reads.

The odd invention would offer wood-fired heating technology, a capacity for five, and “a full 360 degrees of Kentucky Fried Chicken branding.” The hot tub bucket is of course decked out in the brand’s signature red and white colors and it’s stamped with Colonel Sanders’ face.

“Not only is it the best-looking fried chicken brand hot tub ever created, but its innovative design uses a wood-fired furnace to heat the water to optimal temperatures and a generously sized exhaust stack to keep your skin from sizzling and your lungs from filling with unpleasant hot smoke,” the post reads.

“Because it uses passive thermosiphoning heating technology, the Kentucky Fried Hot Tub does not use an electrical pump, meaning quieter operation and off-the-grid capabilities,” it adds.

Three hot tubs are being offered for pledges of $13,311 each, with an estimated shipping time of this August.

The campaign also begs for cash.

“Are your muscles tired?,” it asks. “Do you need to relax? Do you have a deep-seated love for corporate branding? Do you currently have any money in your bank account? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should help support our campaign to bring the Kentucky Fried Hot Tub to life.”

Other campaigns KFC is hoping to turn into reality are a cardboard picnic table and bench combo kit, a smart cane remote, a location-tracking necktie that looks just like the one worn by the Colonel, and a “Colonel on Ice” skating show.

The production of these projects will begin once the full investment goals are achieved.

“KFC was founded with the spirit of innovation — the Colonel's patented pressure frying process, bucket packaging, and his secret blend of 11 herbs and spices took the world by storm,” Steve Kelly, KFC’s U.S. director of media and digital marketing, said in a statement. “With the launch of KFC Innovations Lab, non-Colonels can now be part of that process and support important projects such as a hot tub that looks like a bucket of fried chicken.”