LEGO Vending Machine Dispenses McDonald's French Fries

Ever wanted McDonald’s French fries at a moment’s notice? YouTube user Astonishing Studios made a small vending machine that dispenses McDonald’s French fries and a single packet of Heinz ketchup for only $1 in quarters. But here’s the coolest part: It’s made entirely from LEGO bricks and Mindstorm electronics pieces.

The vending machine features a tiny light sensor that knows how many coins you've dropped into it, and it's smart enough to reject any change that's not a quarter. It even gives a catchy “I’m Lovin’ It” chime whenever fries and ketchup are dispensed. Inside the LEGO machine you’ll find a small coin bank and bins for ketchup packets and French fries that are ready to go.

A few months ago, Astonishing Studios created another coin-operated LEGO vending machine that dispenses Cheerios and milk for the lazy morning person in all of us. The toy maker has also created similar LEGO vending machines for KFC chicken, Skittles, Chicken McNuggets, and even Colgate toothpaste.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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To Celebrate March Madness, Wendy's Is Giving Away Free Burgers and Cookies
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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

You don't need to win big in your March Madness bracket to afford an extra treat at Wendy's this month. As Thrillist reports, the fast food chain is giving away free burgers and cookies with any purchase during NCAA tournament season.

Wendy's announces new specials almost every month, and as the official burger sponsor of the NCAA, they weren't about to pass up the opportunity to offer a deal for March Madness. To claim your complimentary snack, download the free Wendy's app for Android or iOS, then head to the "Account" page and then "Offers." From there you can see all the specials Wendy's is currently offering, including a deal that gets you a free Dave's Single burger or a free cookie with any item you order. Deals for a buy-one-get-one-free burger and chicken sandwich and $2 off a salad are also in effect at Wendy's this month.

The burger deal ends April 9 and the cookie deal is good through March 26. But don't stop checking the Wendy's app after taking advantage of the current special: Wendy's promises to update it with new offers as the tournament continues. And if you're looking for more ways to embrace March Madness season, you can always try memorizing the stories behind every team's mascot before the final game.

[h/t Thrillist]

Big Questions
What Is Fair Trade?

What is fair trade?

Shannon Fisher:

Fair trade is a system of manufacturing and purchasing intended to:

1) level the economic playing field for underdeveloped nations; and

2) protect against human rights abuses in the Global South.

Fair trade farmers are guaranteed fair market prices for their crops, and farm workers are guaranteed a living wage, which means workers who farm fair trade products and ingredients are guaranteed to earn enough to support their families and comfortably live in their communities. There are rules against inhumane work practices. Fair trade farming organizations are monitored for a safe work environment, lack of discrimination, the freedom to organize, and strict adherence to child labor laws. Agrochemicals and GMOs are also forbidden. If these rules are not followed, a product will not receive fair trade certification.

The quality of life in many communities producing fair trade-certified goods is greatly improved. Sometimes, farming communities are given profit sharing from the companies that source their ingredients, and those profits go to improving the community as a whole—be it with a library, medical facilities, town infrastructure, or opening small businesses to support the residents. A major goal of fair trade is to help foster sustainable development around the globe. By helping farming communities in third-world countries, the economy of the entire region gets a boost.

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