Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World


Young and old alike have been fascinated with vending machines. Like mini convenience stores, these are great when youre feeling quite hungry, and theres no store nearby. Just feed the machine a bill or some coins, press a button, and out comes your chosen snack.

You might find I interesting to know that the first vending machine actually dispensed holy water, of all things. Hero of Alexandria devised this coin-operated machine in the first century, and it was only followed during the nineteenth century, when postcards and gums were sold.

A snack isnt all there is nowadays, as more and more people are beginning to realize the convenience and advantages that this machine has to offer. If vending machines used to offer sodas and little packets of biscuits and chips, today, you might be a little surprised at whats being offered in these incredible machines. Japan tops the quirkiness factor when it comes to vending machines, dispensing underwear to noodles. The ever-famous Lobster Game, similar to those machines where you try to catch a stuffed toy through a crane, gives you fifteen seconds to catch a lobster. The US has copied it by creating their own Maine Lobster Game.

Gold Bars in Abu Dhabi, Bergamo, Frankfurt, and Moscow Airports

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Stuck in the airport with nothing to do? Try the Gold to Go vending machines. Whoever thought that buying a special gift for that special someone in your life is actually easy, dispensed from a vending machine? Think gold is too common? You can also buy South African Krugerrands, Canadian maple-leaf coins, and that one-hundred dollar, one-ounce Australian kangaroo coin. Naturally, the prices change, depending on real-time prices. A gram of gold bar wrapped in a beautiful gift box costs around fifty dollars.

Fresh Pizza in Italy

When in Italy, it is but natural to eat pizza. Lets Pizza machines make it easier for you to get this national specialty. It is actually quite natural that the country where pizza originated from would actually come up with vending machines of pizzas! (Or perhaps theyre just tired of serving too many pizzas to hungry tourists.) Found in some malls and airports, these machines can make a pizza from scratch in less than three minutes. You can choose your toppings by pressing a button, then peek into the window to see the mixing and kneading of dough, the adding of the toppings and finally, baking.

Live Lobsters in US

Fun and quirky, everyone wants to try this game-catch a lobster in less than fifteen seconds and its yours to bring home or have the restaurant prepare for you so you can eat it fresh. For only three dollars, you get to play (and possibly) eat! Scattered from Maine to California, many of these machines are located in Florida, at restaurants like Bubbas Roadhouse and Saloon, and Arizona Pizza Company.

Raw Eggs in Japan and California

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

At Glaum Egg Ranch, for only three dollars you can get 24 free-range chickens, with a complimentary show performed by stuffed chickens (as in stuffed toys, not the real ones). Forget the supermarket; eggs dont come any fresher than this! First introduced in Japan, Glaum Egg Ranch just outside Santa Clara followed suit.

Gold Handcuffs in Mondrian South Beach Hotel, Miami

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

If you think vending machines only ask for loose change, and dispense only cheap items, think again. The Mondrian South Beach Hotel goes against conventions with this ultra-mod, purple vending machine that occupies a wall of the lobby. Forget gift shops-this is the way to go. And just what, exactly, is being sold in this cool vending machine? Just a four hundred dollar feather vest, a twenty eight dollar shirt with the word “recession” on it, and the three hundred fifty dollar gold handcuffs, which are 24-karat. Who knew that hotels could offer such interesting gifts for the people we left back home? And if all of a sudden you are hit with the idea of buying a nearby condo, or maybe rent a 1953 Cadillac DeVille car, you can also do it in this vending machine. From ten dollars to over a million, you can buy things in this machine. Expensive items require a non-refundable deposit, so make sure you dont change your mind later.

Live Bait Across the US

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

Found in fishing-friendly locales, these vending machines make it easy for you to choose your bait and buy them, even at an ungodly hour, as these machines are open 24 hours. With best sellers such as the night crawler, this machine also has some live minnows, bloodworms, crayfish, and leeches. And if you are missing some important parts for your fishing trip, this machine might have them, too: from motor oil to hooks, bobbers and sinkers, this will be a best friend for those who love to fish. Oh, and cold soda is also available, just in case you get thirsty waiting for that bite.

Bicycles in the Netherlands

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

When you desperately need to go someplace and theres just no transportation thats readily available, why not run to the nearest bicycle machine? Called Bikedispenser, these machines also cater to people who care about the environment. Arnhem and Nijmegens railway stations have these, and by 2011, a dozen more places will, too. For twenty hours you are free to use these bicycles, and you only need to return them where you got them. If its your first time to rent, price will be $16. Succeeding rentals the rest of the year will only cost $4.

Shoes in England

Weirdest and Most Unique Vending Machines in the World

How many of us have gone out walking, only to regret our shoe of choice? Thanks to Asics, now you wont have to curse yourself for that mistake. Their roving machine, now in Liverpool, sells their famous Onitsuka Tiger trainers (sneakers) for around $75 a pair. Thats a small price to pay when your feet are killing you. There are Asics stores nearby, so their vending machines are more for novelty than for convenience. At night, ladies should look out for Rollasole-flashy flats that are comfy to wear, when youre tired of wearing those stilletos. And you have plenty of options too, for only ten dollars. Small, medium or large, back to Black or Hi Ho Silver, you will surely love these machines (and the shoes!).

By Journey ETC



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