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Reports over the last few months have indicated that baguette sales are down across the board in France, so much so that the French Bakers' Lobby launched a campaign in an attempt to get people to fall back off the wagon.
The campaign and its slogan (“hey there, did you pick up the bread?”) pretty much says it all about the state of the situation. According to the BBC, two factors have contributed most to the downturn in bread consumption: 1) The French are sitting down less and eating more meals on-the-go and 2) In an effort to cut costs, many bakeries are now using frozen bread instead of making it fresh.
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Port Columbus Airport is actually quite lovely and not a desperate ghost town airport like neighbors to the west, Toledo-Express and Cincinnati-Covington. For a brief period it even boasted JetBlue service and was the hub for a sadly departed little-budget-airline-that-could called SkyBus. Still, exciting things are happening in Columbus, as evidenced by the arrival of gourmet ice cream vending machines.
The airport plugged in the machines earlier this year, and the small servings by hometown company Jeni's Ice Creams have been selling like hotcakes. Or, rather, coldcakes? Anyway, it's a unique amenity considering how obsessed airports have been with cupcakes and only cupcakes of late.
Each machine stocks 12 different flavors (6 cups, 6 sandwiches), and currently travelers may take advantage of the machines in both Concourses B and C, and coming soon to Concourse A.
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France has them for baguettes, Amsterdamn's Schipol has them for welcome home banners, and now the vending machine fun arrives on the shores of Australia. We're not talking a machine full of boomerangs or koalas.
The world famous Brazilian flip-flop manufacturer, Havaianas, have made their rubbery comfort much, MUCH easier to buy. There are now a handful of official vending machines located around Sydney, Australia and its suburbs, primarily in shopping centers. With a sizing chart sticker on the ground, customers can pick from a variety of colors and four different sizes, naturally after sliding their credit card for $20.
Scribbling out a welcome sign on crumpled paper from your backseat usually doesn’t promote a warm welcome, so that’s why Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport is ready to help you out.
Those tasked with picking up loved ones—or the company CEO—now have a new option at the airport. AMS just installed some sort of banner-making vending machine; so all you have to do is pop in a few euros and pick out your salutations.
BannerXpress is the company behind the idea, and they’re thinking about expanding the fun to more airports, stadiums, and other spots. Users are welcome to select all kinds of different things to create their custom sign including font size, colors, and background images. It’s not cheap at €15, but after waiting three hours instead of 15 minutes to pick up a pal, we probably couldn’t resist taking the machine for a test drive.
[Photo: The Consortium]
[Photo: The Consortium]
Those arriving in Paris for the very first time might immediately search out the Eiffel Tower or The Louvre, but if you’d prefer a tastier first impression of course there’s always the baguette. Finding a freshly baked loaf of bread as soon as you land might soon be a reality, as Jean-Louis Hecht has created one of the greatest inventions of our time—the fresh baked baguette vending machine.
Alright, we might be slightly exaggerating, but still this is pretty clever and fairly awesome. Especially for times when running to the local boulangerie isn’t an option, like during long stretches over the summer when it seems like the whole country heads out on vacation.
Why bother with expensive gift shop sundries when for just a loonie coin you can get Tylenol, tattoos, latex condoms, tampons, maxi pads and breath freshener. You can even get an Alfred Sung and Eternity imposter perfumes. (Dammit, we should not have splurged on Chanel No. 5 in the duty-free store!)
But we have to say, we're slightly disappointed there's no pregnancy tests available here. When you gotta know, you gotta know!
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· Moose Droppings for Sale at Toronto's Airport [Jaunted]
· Look What We Found in The Airport Bathroom for Diez Pesos [Jaunted]
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We've seen vending machines at airports peddling everything from Kosher food to gold bars, and yet this Rosetta Stone vending machine at Orlando International Airport completely took us by surprise last weekend.
It makes perfect sense to be selling the expensive (but comprehensive) language learning courses at an airport, but why in the terminal with the flights from Southwest and Jetblue? They aren't exactly flying to Europe or Asia or anything. That said, these are selling as when we passed back by this machine on our flight out of MCO, we noticed that a few more languages had sold out.
Would you buy a language learning course from an airport vending machine like this?Let us know in comments below!
· Where to Find One of the WOrld's First Gold Bar Vending Machines [Jaunted]
· Keeping Kosher at JFK [Jaunted]
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Yesterday we were making our way out of Guadalajara and decided to hit up the bathrooms at the airport right before boarding our plane. Having just finished some enchiladas at the Wings restaurant (we passed on the Chili's chain), our breath was feeling less than fresh which is why we were pleased to see this vending machine inside the ladies bathroom.
For diez pesos, which is something like 75 cents, you can buy a Brushito, an "On the Go" toothbrush set complete with a fold-up toothbrush, a flosser and a mini, mini-tube of toothpaste. (If Barbie bought Costco-sized toothpaste, it would look like this.) And it even comes in little plastic balls, like the ones you used to lust after as a kid. You know, at the grocery store where, for 25 cents you'd get one of these plastic balls that held either a spider ring or a wash-off mermaid tattoo.
Even though we had packed a toothbrush and toothpaste in our carry-on, we couldn't resist buying our very own toothbrush ball, despite the unfortunate name of Brushito. Yet we sort of think all restaurant and airport bathrooms should have these. Fresh breath for all!
· It's Hard to Sign On at Guadalajara Airport [Jaunted]
After inserting your euros in the slot there is a familiar whirring noise as if the machine is readying itself to spit out a can of lemonade or a bar of chocolate. Instead there is a satisfying clunk as a prettily wrapped bar of the world's favourite precious metal thuds into the dispenser.
"It's better value than the bank," Romy Erhardt of TG-Gold-Super-Markt told The Times, "And it's very convenient — no waiting time — you just put in your cash and a minute later you are an investor in gold."
Passengers can buy passengers one gram, five grams or 10 grams of gold starting at about 30 Euros. While the value is better than the bank, passengers will still pay a bit more than market value. C'mon its a gold vending machine. That's expected.
The company has already installed a similar machine in Frankfurt's main train station and plans to put 500 more of the machines throughout the country as well as in Austria and Switzerland. While passengers at the Frankfurt Airport can also get a Maple Leaf Five Canadian dollar coin and a Kangaroo Fifteen Australian dollar coin, we're still tickled by the idea of a vending machine spitting out a real gold bar placed in a metal case that reads, "My Golden Treasure."
· Germans flock to gold bars vending machine at Frankfurt airport [Times UK]
· Gold Mining Map [Jaunted]
· Gold Super Markt [Official Site, German]
Notoriously awash with tourists, the Acqua Alta and Bellinis, Venice is about to add Coca-Cola to the mix as the city's official soft drink. Of course in a city that has a love-hate relationship with modernity, the multi-million dollar deal between Venice's mayor and Coke isn't going over very swimmingly.
According to the BBC, in an attempt to supplement the meager government funds earmarked for conservation, the city will receive $2.7 million from Coke for installing "sixty vending machines which will sell the drink all over the city, including at the main waterbus stations and reportedly even St Mark's Square, where a city ordinance already forbids picnicking by tourists."
Don't you hate when you're walking through an airport, dying for a hot dog or a potato knish with not a one in sight? Us too! So we were thrilled to find these vending machines on a recent trip through JFK's Terminal 4.
To the left, the frankfurter dispenser had kosher dogs ($4.50), while the Hot Nosh machines had all sorts of goodies, from cheese pizza to onion rings to knishes (around $4 each). Surprisingly, the gizmos didn't stink like fry oil!
But the best part? The machines advertise that they're open for business 24/6. Nothing like a religiously observant vending machine.
We knew that the Japanese were serious about their vending machines, but we didn't know quite how serious. It's hard to argue with the convenience of having beer or cigarettes in a vending machine--the two are often desired at odd hours of the day or night, but travel insurance? Yup, you can buy it automatically at the airport, according to PhotoMann Travel Photography's site categorizing the Japanese vending machine mania.
Other highlights include: eggs, fishing bait, toilet paper, porn, batteries, "used schoolgirl panties", and rhinoceros beetles. Isn't a toilet paper vending machine necessarily going to be a bit to far from the action? It's perfect if you want to teepee someone's house in a hurry, though.
[Image via Yuki/Flickr]