Weird vending machines

If you live in Nanjing, China, you can easily find a vending machine that sells live crab!

February 13, 2012

Fancy live crab?

Yes, it’s not just snacks and sodas that you can buy from vending machines. If you live in Nanjing, China and plan on serving your guests chilli crabs for dinner, there’s no need to wait in a long queue at the supermarket. Simply find a vending machine that sells live crab.

The vending machine keeps the local delicacy at 41 degrees Fahrenheit—cools enough to make the crabs sleepy without killing them. And don’t worry if end up purchasing a dead crab: The company behind the vending machine will compensate you with three live ones!

Splurge a million

If your daddy is a millionaire and you like splurging his wealth, simply go to a vending machine. No, I am not suggesting you to buy millions of Pepsi cans. In fact, at a vending machine at Miami beach, you can buy things only owned by the rich and the famous.

Items available include a yacht trip to a penthouse condo, a Bentley and a BMW motorcycle. But the access to the products is not instant; the cars and yachts don’t fit through vending-machine slots. Instead, you get a bag with a voucher that can be redeemed for the item you bought.

Grab a bouquet

At train stations in Madrid, Spain, you won’t just be able to buy snacks and newspapers, but also flowers from a vending machine. So in case you forget your loved one’s birthday, you have the easy option of quickly grabbing a bouquet of beautiful roses for her on your way back from work.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2012.


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