The French Fry Picture That's Got The Internet Debating

Opinions, they say, are like feet. Everyone's got a few, and most of them stink pretty bad. The internet, then, or particularly that not-so-little corner of it devoted to social media, is the world's reeking gym locker, where everybody's opinions are constantly aired on every subject under the sun. Case in point — an Australian woman posted a photo on Facebook of her KFC order, one that prominently featured a box of fries heavily dusted with salt. In the caption, she explained "Now when I say extra extra extra salt this wtf I mean!!!!!! I wanna choke on the salt, I want it to look like it's snowing!!!!"

Fair enough, it's not like there's any worldwide salt shortage, and the stuff costs practically nothing, too, so it's not like she's going to bankrupt KFC by going overboard on that condiment. Still, it seems that thousands of others out there couldn't let her post pass by unnoticed. At last count, the viral photo has nearly 3,000 reactions and is closing in on 6,000 shares.

How salty is everybody getting over those fries?

Despite those numbers, only a few dozen folks felt compelled to comment on the original FB post. Some seemed disgusted, remarking "ewwww? might as well eat the salt by itself," (to which OP replied "I would if they handed it to me") and "Want some chips with your salt" (her response was "no thanks I'm good!"). One commenter, possibly concerned about her sodium levels, warned, "You better stop going to KFC." Others, however, were less distressed at the thought of her salt-encrusted fries, with one saying "That is exactly the right amount of salt." And of course, there was the obligatory joker posting a Salt Bae GIF.

For the most part, however, the responses weren't concerned with how this Aussie seasoned her fries, but about how much buzz she'd gotten from her photo. One asked, "can I have your autograph?" (she offered to sell it for $20), another called her a "massive social media influencer" (only if everybody starts over-salting their fries), while still others got right to the heart of the matter, saying, "you're actually famous now I'm kinda jealous" and keeping track of the viral numbers: "4.8 k shares just for chicken salt," followed by "Wtfff ahah 5.7k shares." 

So yeah, anyway, now we've all learned how to get 15 seconds' worth of internet fame — do something slightly questionable with food (ketchup on eggs, perhaps?), get a few friends to start the share chain, then voilà! Instant controversy.