KFC's recipe of 11 herbs and spice may have accidentally been revealed—to the Chicago Tribune.

Colonel Sanders' spice recipe for KFC's chicken is a heavily guarded secret and has been since the beginning. So secret that the original, handwritten recipe is in a 770-pound safe enforced by concrete with 24-hour video and motion-detection surveillance, according to KFC's blog. It's so secret—the blog post continues—that the spice blend comes from a few different parts of the country so no single hack could figure out the final blend.

However, last week, Jay Jones, a reporter at the Chicago Tribune published an article detailing the recipe after it had been accidentally revealed to him by Joe Ledington, Colonel Sanders' nephew.

Ledington showed Jones a family scrapbook that had the handwritten recipe for the spice blend on its final pages.

"That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive," Ledington told Jones.

"The main ingredient is white pepper," he continued. "I call that the secret ingredient. Nobody (in the 1950s) knew what white pepper was. Nobody knew how to use it."

The Tribune published the recipe in its entirety, and when they contacted Ledington to confirm, he walked back his certainty and was hesitant to share the secret recipes, saying he had never shown the scrapbook to a reporter before.

KFC's parent company, Yum! Brands, responded to Jones' questions about the accuracy of the recipe, saying:

In the 1940's, Colonel Sanders developed the original recipe chicken to be sold at his gas station diner. At the time, the recipe was written above the door so anyone could have read it. But today, we go to great lengths to protect such a sacred blend of herbs and spices. In fact, the recipe ranks among America's most valuable trade secrets.
Lots of people through the years have claimed to discover or figure out the secret recipe, but no one's ever been right.

The Tribune staff tried the recipe to compared it to KFC's chicken and found it to be pretty similar. Discuss

In the continued aftermath of the June shooting of Pulse nightclub, Orlando Health and Florida Hospital have announced that they won't bill survivors of the massacre for out-of-pocket medical expenses, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The hospitals will write off at least $5.5 million in hospital care.

"The pulse shooting was a horrendous tragedy for the victims, their families and our entire community," Orlando Health President and CEO David Strong said. "During this very trying time, many organizations, individuals and charities have reached out to Orlando Health to show their support. This is simply our way of paying that kindness forward."

Orlando Regional Medical Center—an Orlando Health hospital—which is just a few blocks from the hospital, treated 44 of the victims in the immediate aftermath of the massacre. Nine of the people who arrived at the hospital died shortly after, and their families won't be charged either. Orlando Health will bill health insurance providers for those who had coverage, but they will write off whatever isn't covered.

Florida Hospital, which treated a dozen victims, won't bill insurance companies and they won't bill any survivors for any follow-up surgeries needed.

"It was incredible to see how our community came together in the wake of the senseless Pulse shooting," said Daryl Tol, Florida Hospital's president and CEO. "We hope this gesture can add to the heart and goodwill that defines Orlando."

One victim is still hospitalized. Discuss

Pew Research released the results of a study earlier this week about what Americans who leave their houses of worship are looking for. The results are pretty interesting.

According to the data, almost half of Americans will look for a new church or congregation at some point in their (adult) lives, mostly because they moved to a new location. Some people do leave their congregations because of theological disagreements, but somewhat surprisingly that’s not a significant percentage. What's interesting, though, is what people searching for a new church are actually looking to find.

When it comes to choosing a new church, congregation or otherwise house of worship, a huge majority of people are attracted (or not) based on a church’s preaching. A full 83 percent say the “quality of sermons” is an important factor.

This is especially true for Protestants. Pew claims they are “far more likely” than Roman Catholics to name sermons and preaching as a significant factor in choosing a new church.
A close second in importance for church-seekers is “feeling welcomed by clergy and lay leaders” (79 percent).

Other important factors from the people studies include:
--Style of services (74 percent);
--Location of the church (70 percent); and
--Kids’ programs (56 percent). Discuss

Last night, Kabul's American University of Afghanistan was attacked by three people with explosives and guns. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Thirteen people—seven students, three police officers, two security guards and a doorman—were killed in the attack and thirty students were injured. The first blast started at 7:50 p.m. local time, according to CNN.

The three attackers continued to detonate various explosives and shoot until two of them were killed by police hours into the attack and the third detonated an explosive car in front of the university wall, according to the spokesman for the Kabul police chief.

"The university administration is working closely with relevant authorities to assess the damage and to ensure that everyone is accounted for," a statement from the institution read.

The school is looked at as a cooperation between Afghanistan and the United States. Not many American students are enrolled, but many more Americans are on the faculty.

Earlier this month, two professors were abducted from the university and still haven't been returned. Discuss

It just doesn't matter how much time you spent with Legos as a kid (or as an adult), because this guy's creations won’t be topped.

Scientist John V. Muntean creates pretty boring looking sculptures out of Legos. No big deal, right? But when he shines a light through them onto a wall or screen, it’s the object casts a shockingly detailed shadow. What's crazier, is when Muntean rotates the sculpture, a totally different image appears. Madness. Seriously, watch this (and while you’re at it, enjoy the smooth jazz piano background music):

There’s more here.

Here’s how Muntean describes his work:

As a scientist and artist, I am interested in how the perception influences our theory of the universe. A Magic Angle Sculpture appears to be nothing more than an abstract wooden carving, skewered with a rod and mounted on a base. However, when lit from above and rotated at the magic angle (54.74º) it will cast three alternating shadows. Every 120º of rotation, the amorphous shadows evolve into independent forms. Our scientific interpretation of nature often depends upon our point of view. Perspective matters.

Let's be real, this is probably the coolest Lego thing ever. Discuss

The death toll from yesterday's earthquake in Italy has risen to more than 240 people, as rescuers continue to try to find bodies and survivors in the wreckage.

Wednesday's 6.2 magnitude earthquake was followed by hundreds of aftershocks with magnitudes as high as 5.1 and 5.4 as the town attempts to begin rescue and recovery efforts—more than 4,000 rescuers are working to clear rubble using heavy machinery and their bare hands.

The worst-hit towns—Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto, Arquata del Tronto and Accumoli—were all summer vacation destinations, which makes the death toll even harder to track.

According to BBC, rescuers have urged journalists and other on-lookers to leave Amatrice—the town with the highest death toll—because the town is crumbing.

There have been small moments of celebration as rescuers have found a young girl alive in the rubble after being trapped for more than 17 hours and a dog being rescued as well. Discuss