Chicken

Zoe

I was on a mission for the greasy truth.

When you bite into a piece of delectable fried chicken, you hope to find only a mouthful of tender meat and breading, nothing more, nothing less. One Popeyes patron in Chicago got an unexpected treat: a garbled message printed in ink on her chicken. It looks like somebody stuck a piece of fried chicken in a printer and hit command-P on a TPS report.

Zoë (@zoerakaya_) is that customer:

In a quest to find the truth behind this mysteriously printed poultry, I reached out to Popeyes corporate. I left four voicemails. They have not responded to my messages at this time. I also reached out to the Popeyes franchise at 95th and Vincennes in Chicago and was greeted by a manager named Renée. She was unable to comment on the incident. She said she only talks about a customer’s food with the customer. 

An image of the Popeyes franchise in question.

An image of the Popeyes franchise in question.

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So what exactly is printed on this chicken?

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Let’s enhance.

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Enhance again.

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The visible letters: S, D, M, R, E, A, an anagram for the word “dreams.” 

And then… is that a vowel? Should we consult a graphologist about what exactly these illegible characters are? 

But it’s not the exact letters that matter. It’s why exactly there would be any goddamn type on this chicken.

Perhaps it’s a warning of sorts, handed down from the fast-food gods. Or a kitchen accident that left this piece of fried heaven scarred with the burden of language? It it an Illuminati conspiracy? 

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Beyoncé, a noted fan of Popeyes, attempting to signal the lizard people she commands? (Skip to 2:30.)

It is still unknown. This mystery may never be solved. 

H/T Mashable | Photo via Twitter/zoerakaya_

Gabe Bergado

Gabe Bergado

Gabe Bergado is a Daily Dot alumnus who covered dank memes, teens, and the weirdest corners of the Internet. One time, Ted Cruz supporters turned him into a meme—or at least tried to. In 2017, he started reporting for Teen Vogue's entertainment section.