"Motorway services are a massive rip-off" surprise of the year
There are not many places on Earth that are more depressing than a motorway service station. Expansive and drab concrete car-parks topped off with faceless buildings that rattle with the sounds of arcade machines not being played by anyone and the dull slap of people throwing themselves to the floor with the weight of tedium.
As you slope around aimlessly, just to stretch your legs, you know that the exact same thing is going on across the road in some horrible, pointless parallel universe.
And then there's the price of stuff.
We all know that the services are rather creative in the way they price products up. Badly-made gadgets for the car nestle alongside Kit Kats that you need a mortgage to buy. Generally speaking, prices at service stations are at least twice as high as those at your average supermarkets. We know this already, but travelsupermarket.com have crunched some numbers in an attempt to appear like our pals/make us aware of their existence.
So, for example, if you want to buy a sausage roll that would normally set you back 40p in a supermarket, then you'll be expected to cough-up £2. If you then want to get the taste of offal out of your mouth, then 17p Polos will set you back 58p.
How do they get these prices?
Bob Atkinson, of travelsupermarket.com, told the Indy: "Following the severe disruptions to air travel this year with snow, volcano eruptions and strikes, many people will be holidaying in the UK this summer or driving to ferry, cruise and rail terminals to avoid flying.
"It might take a bit more time and effort but taking your own food and drink really does pay. It is consistently cheaper to buy snacks, drinks and sandwiches away from the motorway service station at a UK supermarket."
Lets be honest here... if you didn't know that, then you really need your bumps testing.