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Aromatic Billboard Attracts N.C. Motorists

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In North Carolina, a new billboard shows a fork piercing a piece of meat. The billboard emits the smell of black pepper and charcoal to promote a new line of beef available at the Bloom grocery chain. A fan at the bottom of the billboard spreads the aroma by blowing air over cartridges loaded with fragrance oil.


Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Yogi Berra once said if you see a fork in the road take it. He may not have been referring to the fork now visible on a North Carolina highway. The fork is on a billboard, holding a piece of grilled meat. This is no ordinary billboard. It blows the scent of charcoal and black pepper toward passing cars. A local grocery store set it up, hoping to ambush drivers with what you could call a highway steak out.

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