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This Banana Vending Machine Proves That Not Everything in Australia is Trying to Kill You

Where: Australia
April 15, 2014 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

Who says vending machine food needs to be full of salt, high in fat or generally unhealthy? Definitely not the brains behind this little gem we found while walking through a shopping center in Brisbane. Forget the Chex Mix or even granola bars, as this machine went straight for the super-healthy stuff with bananas.

This little bit of genius, called the Banana Bar, offers up small bunches of the sweet tropical fruit for just a few dollars. A bunch of three go for $3, and a bunch for sharing scores a little discount at $4 for five bananas. That's already cheaper and more convenient than the basket of single bananas Starbucks keeps next to their registers, for impulse healthy breakfast buys. And if you're not too familiar with how these prices compare to a grocery store, the mark-up isn't terrible at just about $.50 per piece; it's all about convenience and eating-on-the-run.

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Why Have the French Soured on the Baguette?

Where: Paris , France
November 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM | by | ()

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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Move Over, Cupcakes. One Ohio Airport Has Vending Machines Full of Gourmet Ice Cream

November 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM | by | ()

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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Just What the World Needs: Havaianas Flip-flop Vending Machines

Where: Australia
May 3, 2012 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

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.

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MYOB: Make Your Own Banner Arrives at Amsterdam's Airport

December 7, 2011 at 9:24 AM | by | ()

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]

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The World's Best Vending Machine is Now Available in France

Where: France
August 26, 2011 at 9:48 AM | by | ()

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.

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Skip the Shops for Toronto Airport's All-in-One Vending Machines

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
July 14, 2010 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

Ok so there's moose droppings in the gift shop at Toronto's Pearson International Airport but in the ladies room we also found a very convenient all-in-one vending machine.

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!

Seen some quirky vending machines in airports? Send 'em to us!

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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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Rosetta Stone Busts into the Airport Vending Machine Game

Where: Orlando International Airport [map], Orlando, FL, United States
June 21, 2010 at 4:55 PM | by | ()

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!

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· Airport News [Jaunted]

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Look What We Found in The Airport Bathroom for Diez Pesos

October 13, 2009 at 5:00 PM | by | ()

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!

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Thar's Gold In Them German Vending Machines!

June 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM | by | ()

Looks like the Germans have lost their faith in paper currency (again) these days. How else to explain the Gold to Go dispensers in the Frankfurt Airport? The Times UK reports:

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."

Related Stories:
· Germans flock to gold bars vending machine at Frankfurt airport [Times UK]
· Gold Mining Map [Jaunted]
· Gold Super Markt [Official Site, German]

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Venice Braces for Arrival of Coca-Cola Vending Machines

Where: Venice, Italy
February 24, 2009 at 9:01 AM | by | ()

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."

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Travel Snapshots: Keeping Kosher at JFK

July 28, 2008 at 6:00 PM | by | ()

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.

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