OSU is taken with ba­con

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Nick Vales, a sopho­more con­struc­tion man­age­ment ma­jor at Ohio State Univer­sity, buys a pack of Su­gardale ba­con slices from the school’s ba­con vend­ing ma­chine.

shelf-sta­ble ba­con snacks were do­nated by Smith­field, Hormel and Su­gardale, and the pro­ceeds of items bought go to the meat sci­ence pro­gram. Ev­ery­thing in the ma­chine costs $1.

The ma­chine has proven as ir­re­sistible as ba­con it­self. Just af­ter noon on Fri­day, close to a dozen peo­ple stood around the ma­chine, watch­ing Page re­stock it, tak­ing pho­tos and videos of pur­chases and gig­gling con­stantly.

“I love this, just the over­all Ohioness of it,” said Shay

Mer­ritte, a pre-den­tal stu­dent at Ohio State. “Oh, and I love ba­con.”

Though in­ven­tory was get­ting low Fri­day, Page said more ba­con prod­ucts are on the way. The vend­ing ma­chine will stay in the build­ing un­til fi­nals wrap up on Thurs­day.

Sto­ries about the ma­chine have gone na­tional, from lo­cal TV seg­ments, Fox News and a spot on the To­day Show.

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