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Who got it more wrong: MatPat or Tony? (Revisiting the Curse of Colonel Sanders) | Ichimon Japan 32

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On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: Who got it more wrong: MatPat or Tony? (This episode is a follow up to episode 11 of Ichimon Japan which focused on the so-called Curse of the Colonel. The episode was recorded in order to address inaccuracies found in that episode.)

Topics Discussed

  • A brief summary of the Curse of the Colonel
  • The fact that Hanshin Tigers fans threw the statue of Colonel Sanders into the Dotonbori River after winning the Central League championship in October of 1985 and not after their November, 1985 Japan Series victory
  • A recent video from the Food Theorists YouTube channel in which MatPat suggests that the Curse of the Colonel is invalid due to the Hanshin Tigers having won the Japan Series in 1985
  • Whether MatPat’s conclusions about the Curse of the Colonel are accurate or not
  • When Japanese sources say that the Curse of the Colonel started taking effect on the Hanshin Tigers
  • The idea that throwing a statue of Colonel Sanders into Dotonbori River was actually good luck for the Hanshin Tigers
  • And much more!

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Sources, Links, Videos, Etc.

Use the link below to check out episode 11 of Ichimon Japan in which we discuss the Curse of the Colonel in far more detail.

Here is the Food Theory video (from the Food Theorists YouTube channel) in which MatPat discusses the Curse of the Colonel.

If you enjoyed the video above, you may want to check out the Food Theorists YouTube channel.

Here are the Japanese-language sources mentioned in this episode.

After the statue of Colonel Sanders was recovered in 2009 it was put on display in 2010 at a KFC near Koshien Stadium (the Hanshin Tigers home stadium) for a time. The video below is a news report from 2010 that discusses the story behind the statue and announces that the statue has been put on display.

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Japanese Vocabulary List

Most episodes feature at least one or two interesting Japanese words or phrases. Here’s some of the ones that came up on this episode. All information is from Jim Breen’s WWWJDIC.

  • Noroi
    • 呪い : 呪い(P); 詛い; 咒い 【のろい】 (n) curse; spell; malediction; (P); : 呪い; 咒い 【まじない】 ; (n) (uk) charm; incantation; spell; curse; 《verb stem》 呪う : 呪う(P); 詛う 【のろう】 ; (v5u,vt) to curse; to put a curse on; to detest intensely; (P); 《verb stem》 呪う 【まじなう】 ; (v5u) (1) (arch) to pray that one avoids disaster or illness; to pray; (v5u) (2) to pray for the death or misfortune of another; to curse; (v5u) (3) to treat illness with prayer
  • Yokunen/Yokutoshi
    • 翌年 【よくねん(P); よくとし】 (n-t) following year
  • Toshi Densetsu
    • 都市伝説 【としでんせつ】 (n) urban legend

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