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'Dreams do come true': Sioux Falls man behind viral tweet receives his thank you gift from KFC

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Sioux Falls man responsible for cracking Kentucky Fried Chicken's secret Twitter-related code has officially been enshrined in a one-of-a-kind piece of KFC lore.

On Oct. 19, Mike Edgette tweeted: ".@KFC follows 11 people. Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb. 11 Herbs & Spices. I need time to process this."

The tweet refers to the number of herbs and spices used in KFC's secret recipe. For many, the discovery was silly, yet mind-blowing. And the response to the tweet speaks to just that.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 8, the tweet has 322,506 retweets and 715,426 likes, making it one of the most engaging tweets in the history of Twitter.

Now, Edgette has shared on his official Twitter account that KFC has thanked him for his investigative work by commissioning a portrait of its founder, Colonel Sanders, giving him a piggyback ride through a woodland landscape.

"Dreams DO come true," Edgette tweeted Saturday, Nov. 4. "Thanks @KFC."

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