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PODCAST: Smelly bus stations and a sauerkraut highway

A woman manipulates potatoes before their transformation in French fries on October 18, 2011 at the McCain factory in Harnes, northern France. Bus stations in the U.K. are now featuring a new McCain ad campaign, complete with baked potato scent.

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We've heard about trucks crashing and spilling ice cream or olive oil, or pumpkins at Halloween. Well in Germany yesterday morning, a truck spilled what only a German truck could: sauerkraut -- all over the highway. And since it's below freezing there, the sauerkraut froze to the road causing a major traffic jam. The pickled cabbage had to be scraped off before cars could pass.

Put an aroma in a bus shelter and you will get coverage.  In  London and other U.K. cities you can now press a button waiting for the bus and  the smell of "McCain Ready-Baked" baked potatoes wafts out.  When the" Got Milk!" people tried this with cloying cookie smell in San Francisco a while back, it was met with outrage. The city's transit agency quickly ordered the system removed prompting a famous email from an advertising guy who wrote that San Francisco quote "had made herself safe for bus shelters that smell like..."  and then he named two nasty smells more common to city bus shelters.

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Mary Dooe is an associate producer, and works for both the radio and digital teams.
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