Pretty much every high street has at least one takeaway chicken shop these days. Obviously,¬†us Brits are a fan of the yummy crispy goodness that is fried chicken. But what do we know about the world’s most popular poultry? You may be surprised!

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Fried chicken has origins in both Scottish and African-American communities. It became particularly popular in the US deep south where cooks tinkered with the seasoning to make what resembles today’s fried chicken.

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Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.

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Due to a 2004 genome mapping of a chicken, these birds are known to have prehistoric roots and are said to be the closest living relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Eek!

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There are more chickens in the world than people. About 3.5 for every person. Sorry Alektorophobes!

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Someone, somewhere, declared that July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day and now it’s a thing. Any excuse, we say!

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