Vending machines serve an important purpose: they let us quickly get whatever we need. Usually vending machines are used to carry refreshing drinks and snacks. But around the world, you will find vending machines that carry stuff a lot stranger than snacks. From motorcycles to panties, different countries have vending machines with a variety of strange items in them. Read about 10 such vending machines below.
1. The Weed Vending Machine
Marijuana vending machines are stand alone, 24/7 weed machines for those nauseous among us who just do not have the time to go stand in that long line at the pharmacy. Unlike money machines, these reefer-pushing machines have to be guarded at all times. They produce two brands, pre-packaged and ready to consume. OG Crush and Granddaddy Purple wait for you here but first, you have to convince your doctor that you need it, then, you go to the pharmacy, have your fingerprints put on computer file and wait to be issued a prepaid credit card that only works in the weed ATM. It is a lot of hassle but I hear the Granddaddy Purple is well worth it!
2. Panty Vending Machine
Japan is most definitely a strange and wonderful place. Most strange, however, are the vending machines that you can find. Would you believe they sell panties out of vending machines? The sexy selections include the zebra skin and thong type that is supposed to get him in the mood. For those with more of an uncultured taste, you can buy used panties accompanied by a picture of the sexy ladies that wore them. (Or at least you could back in 1993) I think I know where this is going. It will not be long before you will see vending machines with prostitutes inside. Anyone wants to bet? I will be right here counting my quarters.
3. Break A China
Someone forgot to tell the passive makers of this machine that half the release, and the fun, in anger management is the physical throwing of objects before they break. The concept of this machine is a simple one. You drop in your money, a piece of fine china falls from the slot and breaks at the bottom of the machine. Wow, I feel better all ready. (NOT) This is a very dangerous game to play with stress. They do not realize what would happen if the china simply fell but did not break. I do not know about you but when I am frustrated to the point that something has to break and it does not, it is time to lash the machine to the back of my truck and drag it up and down the street until everything breaks. Then I would bring my mother-in-law in front of the judge with me. There isn’t a court in the world that would convict me.
4. Judaism Vending Machine
Apparently, the Japanese are not the only ones who can sell weird stuff out of a vending machine. Are you into Judaism and need something to read? Never fear, because you can buy Judeo educational material and booklets right out of a vending machine. Unfortunately, the only one that I know about is in a bus station in central Jerusalem. Sorry.
5. Gold to go
If you are one of those people who are always amazed at the ridiculous things rich people do well, here is your chance to once again say, “What will those rich people think of next?” The gold bar/coin vending machine made its debut in the Abu Dubai Hotel and it allows its rich patrons to purchase gold from a machine. The prices are checked globally every ten seconds and the best price is locked in for ten minutes so you get the correct prices every ten minutes. The bars and coins that this thing spits out weigh up to ten grams and are great for the investor on the run who wants to buy and sell at the best price.
6. Bike Vending Machine
Here is an idea that might go over well in London and Paris. The bike vending machine dispenses little bicycles that you can drop off at another destination closer to where you happen to be going. Unfortunately, the bikes are little bitty things with adjustable height seats so you look ridiculous. It looks like you stole a five year olds bike, slapped a new seat on it, and made your getaway. In Paris, there are stations all over the city from which you can rent bikes and drop them off.
Unfortunately, these places are not manned with real people and very often, there are either no bikes available or just the beat up ones with flat tires and missing pedals. This machine should be a hit there.
7. Luxury Car Vending Machine
The trick behind this is that you view the automobiles information and picture, make your selection, and receive a voucher that you present to the salesclerk who takes your info and hands you the keys. What could be easier than that? Someone finally figured out a way to get rid of those annoying animals, the Car Salesman. There is only one thing worse than a Car Salesman and that is a Used Car Salesmen.
Unfortunately, these vending machines sell luxury cars only. Wake me up when they start selling used ones.
8. Toilet Paper Vending Machine
If you were to take note of all the toilets in the world, you would find that the most commonly used toilet worldwide is a porcelain hole in the floor, not the sit down kind we enjoy in America and other Western countries. If you go into any toilet in the West, and in most places in Europe, there is toilet paper waiting for you as a courtesy. This is not so in the East and many places all across Asia. If you visit a bathroom there, you had best have paper with you. Lately, toilet paper vending machines are popping up so that visitors to that country do not have to walk around with a stinky bottom and a lesson that was hard learned.
9. Lobster Vending Machine
Those wacky Japanese have done it again. Okay, let’s say you’re sitting around minding your own business when suddenly you develop a craving for some butter-dipped lobster. Unfortunately, for you, Mr. Night Owl, the store is closed. What can you do? No problem, because now you can slip out to the lobster vending machine and grab a live one to boil at your leisure! How cool is that?
10. Bugs Vending Machine
I know that they like their beetles in Japan but did a Japanese executive pay 7 million yen ($95,000) for one bug? Fighting beetles is big in Japan, which drives the price of a good-sized beetle way up. Now you can purchase beetles right out of a vending machine. You just drop in your 400 yen and you get two big beetles. The machines are climate controlled and have to be serviced daily. Naturally, conservation groups in Japan are as hot as hornets. They are making a big stink about the selling of beetles through vending machines because they are worried that selling lives, even those of beetles, is setting a bad example for the children of Japan. They can kill a thousand whales but God forbid they sell a beetle.
Following the same trend, there’s a machine selling insects of all kind in Belgium (and possibly some other Countries). Don’t ask me what they are for because I’m as clueless as a dead Sherlock.