Lobby Bar – September 11: Narcissism in a Crisis, Cars with Fins, Spas to Go, and Edible Computers
Lobby Bar – An Exceptionally Puny Summary of FBT News and Views
Mown over. Over Labor Day weekend, gas prices fell to their lowest in 11 years, in some locations to under $2 per gallon. Research explains that the plummeting price of gasoline is largely due to the increased usage of more fuel-efficient vehicles, specifically gasoline-powered lawn mowers, which may top out at 15 mph (24 km/h) but achieve an astounding 115 mpg (2.05 l/100 km), based on figures provided by Alvin Straight after his drive across Iowa and Wisconsin on a John Deere model.
Spa take-out. Join Paul Riegler at the American Express Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport. For those who are unable to fit into the spa’s regular schedule (Riegler himself was too fat to fit into a cubicle), the lounge offers on-the-go service: a spa worker will follow you to your gate, pampering and primping as you walk.
Productivity defined. Jonathan Spira goes behind the scenes at Icelandair’s global transit hub at Keflavik International Airport, where the airline’s employees appear to be hard at work making sure everything runs smoothly. In actuality, everything from ticketing to food preparation is automated and the employees spend their days trying to get a Tetris high score, although nobody can beat Birkir Hólm Guðnason’s 180,082,781.
Get your feet wet. Join us behind the wheel of the 2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. While most hybrid vehicles switch between electric and gas, the Acura RLX seamlessly switches between car and platypus, making it a versatile vehicle, especially during rainstorms and floods.
Pumpking. It may still be 90° F (32° C) outside in many parts of the world, but that hasn’t stopped Starbucks from reviving its most popular seasonal coffee beverage: the almighty pumpkin spice latte. This year’s recipe includes actual pumpkin, to the surprise of many devotees of the drink, which debuted 12 years ago. Other companies including Apple are following suit to avoid claims of false advertising: henceforth, the new MacBook Air will have thinly sliced Macintosh apples from Oregon soldered to the motherboard.
Put on a life vest and smile for the camera. First-class passengers on a British Airlines jet that caught fire on the runway in Las Vegas were the first to benefit from a new service from the airline: an additional flight attendant was stationed at the first-class door to assist each passenger with a selfie before going down the slide to ensure that passengers taking selfies didn’t slow the evacuation.
Fly for free. Paul Riegler stuffs himself inside Briggs and Riley International Carry-On Expandable Wide-Body Upright luggage and flops onto the checked baggage conveyor belt at JFK. Riegler has found and abused a loophole in Southwest’s “bags fly free” mantra, skipping out on the paid fare for a ride on the house.
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