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The World’s 24 Oddest Vending Machines

The World’s 24 Oddest Vending Machines

For most of us, a vending machine is a quick and convenient dispenser of chips, candy, and soda, a welcome source of familiar packaged snacks or beverages in schools, offices, and waiting rooms. Think again! These days, vending machines worldwide are challenging our preconceived notions of what can or cannot be dispensed at the drop of a coin. In Japan, which has the highest number of vending machines per capita in the world, everything from rice to eggs is sold from automatic machines. Sometimes a machine dispenses cultural essentials, like baguettes in France or sausage in Germany. Other times, vending machines are created to meet a specific need, like the machines that distribute baby food or kosher meals in the U.S.

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So whatever happened to the straightforward offering of bagged chips and coke? According to the Wall Street Journal, strange vending concepts are developed because the vending machine as a cultural icon has faded in relevance, so selling out-there items like live bait and prescription drugs helps to boost revenue for the industry. That may be true, and a machine that needs to be physically tackled before dispensing beer certainly could be interpreted as a publicity stunt, but more often than not unusual vending machine items have to be understood from a cultural standpoint. A raw milk machine is scarcely considered odd in Europe, where attitudes about milk pasteurization are different from ours in the U.S. The live crab machines in China might be interpreted as animal cruelty to some, but then again, there have been vending machines selling live lobsters in Maine!

If one thing is for certain, it’s that vending machines will continue to evolve. Just as the automat in the first half of the 20th century responded to a new urban demand for a fast and cheap lunch, today vending machines are adapting to meet 21st-century needs. For example, as we become conscious of the childhood obesity epidemic, there is a push to make vending machines healthier in schools. Maybe then the vending machine that grows its own lettuce isn't such a wild concept, but rather an innovative step toward making fresh, local food more accessible. Vending machine technology is even developing to the point that we can order a hot meal at the push of a button. There's no telling what the future of vending machine fare will look like, but we wouldn't be surprised if today's popular snacks are soon considered to be old-fashioned.

To compile our rankings, we decided that while the most important feature of a vending machine was what’s actually dispensed, the method of delivery was also pretty important. The top vending machines, however, all have one thing in common: the product they dispense is alive.

So read on to learn about the craziest vending machines in the world. And who knows, maybe some of these will take off and we’ll all soon be getting our mashed potato fix from the nearest 7-Eleven, Slurpee-style.

The World’s 24 Oddest Vending Machines - Recipes

From burgers to side salads, we have all the recipes you'll need for your Memorial Day barbecue.

1. Creamy Potato Salad with Eggs, Peas, and Chives

Potato salad is the perfect side for any barbecue. Make yours a little healthier with this recipe from Ellie Krieger that includes Greek-style nonfat yogurt, dijon mustard and white wine vinegar.

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2. Grilled Scallops with Honeydew-Avocado Salsa

If you'd like to cook up a fish option this holiday, these scallops with a sweet salsa will be a fresh new addition to your menu.

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3. Fresh Grilled Corn and Tomato Salad

The kernels from grilled corn are cut off the cob for this salad with grape tomatoes and basil.

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4. Corn Dogs

Corn dogs are a quintessential summer food. They may be typically enjoyed at the county fair, but this simple recipe ensures you can serve them up right at home.

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5. Coleslaw with Apple and Yogurt Dressing

Slaw is a great dish you can serve cold at a barbecue. This recipe includes broccoli, carrot and scallions tossed with green apples and coated in a tangy dressing.

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6. Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Kalamata Olives, Capers and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Looking for a hearty side? This salad filled with bow-tie pasta and grilled chicken is a nice cool dish for a warm day.

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7. Grilled Strip Steaks with Onion Wedges

This steak is great for a party because you can cook it ahead of time and just put it back on the grill to warm right before serving.

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8. Grilled Tomato and Scallion Salad

Tomatoes and scallions are grilled and drizzled with lime juice and crumbled cheese in this light salad.

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9. Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

Bet you didn't know you could grill eggplant parmesan. Well, almost. In this recipe, eggplant and tomato slices are grilled until lightly charred and then baked in between layers of olives, chiles, basil and Fontina cheese.

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10. Chianti Burgers with Caramelized Onions

Don't make a boring burger this year. This version has Tuscan touches with a modern twist—it incorporates a gingery homemade ketchup for a big boost of flavor.

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11. Sausage Mixed Grill

If you prefer sausage to hot dogs, you may want to try grilling sweet Italian sausages and weisswurst on skewers as this recipe demonstrates.

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12. Grilled Tofu Steaks with Piquillo Salsa Verde

Going meatless or have a guest who is? This grilled tofu is a great outdoor party alternative for vegetarians.

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13. Roasted Asparagus Salad With Citrus Dressing

Another beautifully fresh side dish, this salad combines roasted asparagus with cherry tomatoes in a lemon, orange and honey dressing. The best part? You can make it ahead and store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.

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14. Beer-Battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Chicken wings, thighs and drumsticks are soaked in buttermilk and then coated in a batter of beer to make this finger-licking dish perfect for a picnic or outdoor gathering.

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15. Creamy Cucumber and Grilled Potato Salad

For a different take on potato salad, try this version that mixes grilled potatoes and cucumbers with a dressing of crème fraîche, vinegar, mustard, sugar and garlic.

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16. Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

Ribs are a great addition to any barbecue, and these are no exception. A rack of baby back ribs is rubbed down with a mixture of spices, baked, brushed with barbecue sauce and then grilled.

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17. Grilled Watermelon with Yogurt

Greek yogurt, freshly squeezed lemon juice, vinegar and thyme are mixed and used as a sauce atop grilled watermelon triangles in this recipe for a nice light dessert.

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18. Carrot Avocado Salad

Avocado, roasted carrots and almonds pair great with a dressing of grapefruit juice, coriander and olive oil in this refreshing side salad.

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19. Blue Ribbon Barbecue Chicken Cheeseburgers

No outdoor barbecue would be complete with out a cheeseburger. This recipe veers slightly from the classic, using ground chicken for the patty. It's topped with the essential fixings of crisp bacon, cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce.

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20. Pistachio Ice Cream Sandwiches with Walnut Brownies

You'll probably want something sweet to cap off your meal, and what better than an ice cream sandwich? Try pistachio ice cream and walnut brownies—you can't go wrong!

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The World’s 24 Oddest Vending Machines - Recipes

Vending machines are known for dispensing cheap treats such as candy bars, chips, and soda. But all kinds of things can be purchased this way. In Japan, there is said to be a vending machine for every 34 people, and the nation has a reputation for selling a wide variety of unexpected items through motorized boxes that might seem odd elsewhere. It turns out the rest of the world also has its fair share of strange and fun vending machines.

Kris Scott also contributed to this story.

Recently debuting in Rome, Mr. Go Pizza vending machines offer hungry customers four different types of pizza for around $5 to $7. The machines knead the dough, then dispense toppings, and a small window allows users to watch their pizza being cooked. Perhaps not surprisingly in a country long known for its culinary prowess, Reuters recently reported that the machines are evoking "curiosity" and "horror."

Stellina Pizzeria in the Arlington, Virginia, neighborhood of Shirlington has been offering diners a pandemic-safe way of previewing its food while it prepares to fully open. The restaurant's owners had the vending machine custom made in California, and it sells different types of pasta, sauces, desserts, and coffee.

For less than the equivalent of $2, residents of cities such as Beijing and Guangzhou can get a small bouquet of flowers to take home, according to the website China Daily. The blossom-dispensing vending machines can be found in malls, subway stations, and even inside residential communities.

Looking for your favorite cut of beef but your local butcher shop is closed? The Applestone Meat Co. isn't bound by regular business hours. Head to Accord or Stone Ridge, New York, and swipe your card at an Applestone's meat vending machine, or as they call them — 24/7 butcher shops.

If you're ever at a 7-11 in Singapore and you see a Slurpee machine, read the sign twice before you fill up your cup. The convenience store is home to one of the oddest vending machines on Earth. Put in your money, press a button, and get a cup full of piping-hot mashed potatoes — gravy is optional.

A cannabis company called Kind Love located just outside Denver allows customers to serve themselves. The kiosks require customers to scan their IDs to check for age requirements before allowing access to the menu. A state law approved the use of such machines in January 2020, and similar vending machines also exist in Illinois and Washington.

If you're ever in China and in the market for fresh shellfish, don’t schlep all the way to a fish market. You can score a live crab from a vending machine at the Nanjing subway station. The vending machines are set to a temperature of 41 to 50 degrees, which keeps the crabs alive, but puts them in a dormant state. They're not just any crabs, either — they're top-of-the-line hairy Chinese crabs.

You don't need a hot dog stand or even a drive through to score a plate of hot, crispy French fries. In Belgium, the Netherlands, and other parts of Europe, French fry vending machines keep frozen fries cold in one compartment and with every order, portions them out into an oil-based, self-cleaning cooker.

Although some readers may prefer digital text to physical books now, bibliophiles can still pick up the real thing from a machine. The idea goes back to the early 19th century, and today these miniature bookstores are often placed in airports or train stations. The Biblio-Mat vending machine located inside the Monkey's Paw bookshop in Toronto sells randomly selected, old, and unusual books for $2 each. A similar machine was recently installed in a Florida elementary school cafeteria.

If you're ever at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas, bottoms up. One of the world's most recognizable brands of Champagne, Moet and Chandon, dishes up mini bottles of both Imperial Brut and Imperial Rose — complete with a miniature flute topper for drinking on the go — at one of America's only Champagne vending machine. For the record, there's another — it dispenses only pink Champagne — at San Diego's Morning Glory restaurant.

Beverly Hills is a fancy town — so it stands to reason the city would play host to a fancy vending machine. In 2012, a mall in the famously tony SoCal neighborhood unveiled a vending machine that dispensed escargot and caviar for hungry shoppers who simply won't settle for anything but the best. After expanding to two other high-end shopping destinations in Los Angeles, the machines were pulled from service, dashing the caviar dreams of many. Fortunately, the machines can still be rented for private events, and could eventually return to public locations.

Healthy Chicagoans are indulging in a growing trend in the Windy City. Hundreds of Farmer's Fridge salad vending machines have sprung up all over Chicago. The company has sold more than 1 million salads through its machines, which you can find at shopping areas, colleges, hospitals, and airports.

A recent article in Purdue University's student newspaper The Exponent noted that vending machines recently placed in the campus rec and learning centers are dispensing emergency contraceptives. In addition to Plan B pills and pregnancy tests, the vending machines also offer condoms and other sexual health products, and items such as cough drops, ibuprofen, and Kleenex.

Want to withdraw something sweet? Sprinkles' pink "cupcake ATMs" are open 24/7 and in more than a dozen U.S. cities. They are frequently restocked to guarantee freshness. Canine companions may be happy to come along: Some of the ATMs (which take credit cards but not cash) also have special doggie-treat cupcakes.

These eggs are definitely not free range — at least not upon delivery. Put $4 into the egg vending machine at Glaum's Ranch in California and you'll get back 18 cage-free eggs, not to mention a song and dance from animatronic chickens.

Ice cold beer from a vending machine is now a reality, thanks to Beerbox, which dishes up suds automatically. You might see a Beerbox at a concert, festival, or sporting event. Just swipe your card, or even use ApplePay, and drink up.

Available in several cities in Australia, Smart Banana vending machines sell bundles of three or five bananas. The bananas are intentionally small, making them easier to eat or pack as a snack. They are wrapped in a special film before being delivered to the machines and should last about three to five days at room temperature.

Operated by the nonprofit Portland Hotel Society, a vending machine at the Drug Users Resource Centre in Vancouver sells crack pipes for 25 cents each. The pipes are made from Pyrex (which is less breakable than glass) and come with alcohol swabs, a cleaning brush, filters, and a mouthpiece. The vending machine, along with a needle exchange, detox programs, and supervised injection site, is part of PHS's harm-reduction programs.

Stocked with dough by local bakeries, Compagnon du Boulanger vending machines bake and sell fresh baguettes. The machine has an oven that can bake up to six at a time and a storage compartment for 18 ready-to-go loaves. A similar machine operating under the Pani Vending brand was created by French baker Jean-Louis Hecht and promises fresh baguettes 24 hours a day.

Are you screaming for premium ice cream and frozen yogurt? Ben & Jerry's vending machines are stocked with frozen bars and mini-tubs of the sweet stuff. Scoopless Ventures, which sells the machines, says they are often placed in hospitals, colleges, country clubs, and recreational destinations.

San Francisco-based Benefit Cosmetics has vending machines that are hard to miss. The large, bright pink machines look like buses and can be found at major airports across the U.S. Each holds more than 30 different products to help travelers look pulled together even if they don't feel that way. Flyers can look for airport vending machines from the Honest Company and Sephora, too.

Vending machine food is often loaded with sugar, salt, and preservatives. Byte Foods hopes to change that with vending machines stocked with fresh salads, kombucha, wraps, and cold-pressed coffee. For now, look for machines in the San Francisco Bay Area, primarily in office buildings.

New York is pushing for better snack options by installing healthy vending machines at rest stops and state colleges through the Taste NY program. They are stocked with a mix of items sourced in New York, including cheese, apples, chips, cookies, and yogurt.

Located in malls and airports, Essie's Color Boutiques are brightly lit and offer more than 40 shades, including seasonal varieties. Shoppers can choose nail art patterns or individual polishes. However, flyers should consider that applying a strong-smelling coat of the stuff on a plane may annoy fellow passengers.

In Seoul, South Korea, vending machines outside many of the restrooms in the subway system are stocked with an assortment of items for travelers who might be in a fix or surprised with unexpected plans. Vending options include sanitary pads, tissues, bandages, gummy candies, condoms, mouthwash, gum, lozenges, vitamins, and mints.

World's Strangest Vending Machines

One soda, one candy bar, and&mdashoh&mdashhow about a fresh-baked pizza from scratch?

If you find yourself in Milan&rsquos Malpensa airport&mdashor a few other places around Italy&mdashyou can watch as your dough is kneaded, your desired toppings doled out, and your pizza bakes&hellipall in just under three minutes. But if you&rsquore hoping to watch a real Italian pie guy work his magic, you&rsquoll have to go somewhere else&mdashthis pizza&rsquos made entirely inside a vending machine.

For travelers, a vending machine can be a welcome sight. Perhaps it&rsquos just for a quick snack when the rest of the airport is closed. Or, overseas, an easy transaction without any language hurdles. But these days, the vending machine is diversifying. Now travelers can find all sorts of things inside these contraptions&mdashitems that range from the practical to the absurd.

The world&rsquos first vending machine apparently dates back to the first century, when Hero of Alexandria, a Greek mathematician, devised a coin-operated mechanism that would dispense holy water. Perhaps because that was such a tough act to follow, vending machines didn&rsquot really evolve again until the 19th century, when Industrial Age machines started selling postcards or gum.

Today, vending machines tend to be more prevalent&mdashand therefore more exotic&mdashin Europe and Asia, says Michael Provost, president of vending machine company Wurlitzer Vending Machines. A big reason: they have more mass transit. &ldquoVending machines are on the train platforms everywhere&mdashthey&rsquore open for 24 hours and don&rsquot need employees.&rdquo

At the intersection of technology and quirkiness, Japan is the hands-down leader, with all sorts of items offered for automated sale. &ldquoJapan has the highest vending machine density in the world&mdashabout one per 23 people,&rdquo says Christopher Salyers, author of Vending Machines: Coined Consumerism. &ldquoMachines sell liquor, noodles, underwear, fresh meat, to name but a few,&rdquo he says. &ldquoAnd why not?&rdquo

The U.S. is making its own strides, too. At Miami&rsquos Mondrian South Beach Hotel, you can use the vending machine in the lobby to buy anything from a toothbrush to gold-plated handcuffs(!), or even to rent a Cadillac convertible. And taking a cue, perhaps, from the Japanese, more than 100 bars and restaurants in the U.S. now carry the Maine Lobster Game. For a mere $3, you get 15 seconds to try to catch a live lobster with a claw on a crane. It&rsquos a big hit with customers, says Chris Keslinger, president of Vending Extreme. &ldquoWe have had machines bring in over $2,000 in one week.&rdquo If you win, just hope the bartender has a pot of boiling water handy.

And if you end up taking your live lobster home in a bag? People will likely still pony up $3. &ldquoWe love vending machines because their very nature will always remain consistent,&rdquo says Salyers. &ldquoSome of us would prefer having access to goods 24 hours a day, devoid of human interaction or adult supervision.&rdquo

&ldquoChange is inevitable,&rdquo he says, quoting the aphorism. &ldquoExcept from a vending machine.&rdquo

Top 10 world’s most unusual vending machines

Not long ago vending machines offered you a soda drink can, bubblegum, or a granola bar. However, salesmen quickly understood that this business niche was vacant, simple, and most importantly, lucrative. So, it is no surprise to see the weirdest goods on the other side of the glass – from ties to cars!

Here are the top 10 world’s most unusual vending machines:

1. Carvana Car Vending Machine

The first fully-automated car vending machine was launched in Nashville, Tennessee (USA) in 2015. It is a five-story glass building that can hold up to 20 cars at a time. Therefore, a consumer buys a car online, and then uses Carvana’s vending machine, which operates in the same way as an ordinary coffee machine. All you have to do is to insert a special coin.

Moreover, today Carvana customers can now pick up their vehicles from Car Vending Machines in 10 cities: Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Nashville (Tennessee), Raleigh (N.C.), Charlotte (N.C.), Jacksonville (Fla.), Tampa (Fla.) and Washington, D.C.

2. Gold to Go: buying gold on the go

The first Gold to Go machines were installed in Frankfurt, Abu Dhabi, and Madrid. This is how you can buy golden bars weighing 1, 5, and 10 grams. You can also buy different collectible gold coins from different countries in special gift boxes. The currency exchange updates automatically every hour.

3. Umbrella vending machine

If you are in Japan and you’re in a hurry so much that you actually leave your umbrella at home, there is good news for you. All you have to do to stay dry is to find the nearest umbrella vending machine.

4. SleepBox

The Russian Arch Group company has developed a unique SleepBox. It is a vending machine that enables you to get inside and have some rest. It is endowed with a bed, laptop table, mirror, TV, and a couple of sockets. This is a good solution for airports and railway stations.

5. The Short Story Dispenser

Grenoble, France, is known for its Short Story Dispenser vending machines from the Short Edition company. Here’s how it works: it looks like a cylinder with three buttons “one minute,” “three minute” or “five minute” story. When a user pushes a button, a story (the length they’ve chosen) is printed on a long strip of paper. Today, these machines have spread all around the world.

6. Dirty Water vending machine

Dirty Water gives you a bottle of water with different disease flavors (hepatitis, dysentery, salmonella, etc) for one dollar. Of course, there is no actual disease in these bottles, it is the way UNICEF draws the attention of New Yorkers to the clean water scarcity problem, particularly in Africa. Therefore, they donate all the funds, and say “every dollar donated goes toward safe drinking to 40 children for a day”.

7. Manicure vending machine

Japanese never cease to surprise. You can find there even a manicure vending machine. It has operated since 2002, and it offers painting nails for around $2.

8. Whiskey vending machine

It is about a little retro-vintage nostalgia. The UK had the whiskey vending machine in the 1960s.

The machine on the picture mixes whiskey and soda, and it was first shown at the Second Automatic Vending Exhibition in London, 1960.

9. Marijuana and cannabis vending machine

More and more states have legalized medical marijuana nowadays. This is where you can find these marijuana vending machines. California was the first state to launch such a novelty. The machine has fingerprint identification as the purchase is legal only with a doctor’s prescription.

10. Used panty vending machine

Guess which country has these machines? That’s right, it’s Japan, the country of the oddest vending machines. Japanese schoolgirl underwear vending machine is not a myth, it is a reality. Of course, there is no child abuse, and all the women that sell their used underwear sign an agreement (verified with ID) that they are already at least 18, and no longer study at school, but anyway, the fact of the existence of such machines is weird.

  • A new collection of photographs showcases some of the world's oldest and oddest vending machines
  • The very earliest photo sees a woman purchasing food from a coin-operated stall in 1920
  • Shoppers bought pints of beer, nylon stockings, fresh eggs, clocks and even live worms from the conveniences

Published: 15:29 BST, 25 January 2015 | Updated: 14:29 BST, 26 January 2015

Vending machines have come a long way from selling simply cans of Coke, chocolate bars and packets of crisps.

Almost anything imaginable can now be purchased from the dispensaries - whether it's underwear in Japan or caviar in LA, there is little that can't be found in the self-service devices.

However, it appears that the trend for automated purchases is nothing new, as these black and white photographs prove.

An archive of images has showcased the unusual and bizarre vending machines that existed up to 86 years ago

The series of archive photographs reveals the bizarre items that were available for the public to buy without the help of a shop attendant.

Rather than a recent development, these conveniences were in use up to 86 years ago, with one picture showing a woman purchasing a can of food from an unattended cabinet in 1920.

The images stretch from the early 1920s right across to the late Sixties, providing a glimpse of the various specialties and niche products available to buy throughout the last century.


If you're ever at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Las Vegas, bottoms up. One of the world's most recognizable brands of Champagne, Moet and Chandon, dishes up mini bottles of both Imperial Brut and Imperial Rose — complete with a miniature flute topper for drinking on the go — at one of America's only Champagne vending machine. For the record, there's another — it dispenses only pink Champagne — at San Diego's Morning Glory restaurant.

15 foods that are difficult to eat (but worth it)

We’ve all been there — staring down a big, steaming plate of snow crab legs or lobster, or any one of a number of delicious-looking foods, ready to dig in… but with absolutely no idea where to start, or how to get at the actual edible part of it.

It’s a problem that’s plagued us since the dawn of man, and the reason why items like nutcrackers were invented.

There are some food items that are simply hard to eat. Some foods, like ice cream cones, don’t require any special equipment to get to the good stuff, but you’d be hard-pressed to finish a whole cone without at least some very sticky fingers. Other foods, like shell-on nuts, are all but impossible to get into without a specially designed contraption. And then there are the foods that are absolutely the most frustrating: difficult to access without special equipment, yet so delicious that each little morsel makes it well worth the sheen of sweat forming on your brow.

But sometimes that’s exactly what we’re looking for. Those times when the struggle is for a worthy cause, because the end result is a glorious bite of food. Sure, a simple steak is delicious, but all things being equal, would you rather eat that or a 4-pound lobster?

We’ve assembled a list of the 15 foods that are the most difficult to eat. But we also considered something else: that noble struggle has to be worth it. Yes, durian is one of the most difficult fruits to open without the help of a machete, but let’s just say that it’s an acquired taste. And while we were at it, we made sure to include some helpful tips as to how to conquer the challenges ahead.

Wings are one of the few items on our list that can be eaten with bare hands, with no help from any special contraptions, but they can still be a bit daunting. Sure, for some, wings are one of the easiest foods to eat: just grab hold of one, start gnawing, and don’t stop until all that’s left are bones and a sauce-covered face and hands. But for those of us who choose to be a bit daintier in our eating habits, those bony, messy, spicy, fatty bar snacks can be a culinary obstacle course. There’s really no right or wrong way to eat a wing, though. Eat enough, and you’ll develop your own technique.

It’s just a slab of rice with a slice of fish on it, so it's no big deal, right? But ask anyone who’s eaten sushi (and not the rolled-up maki) just a couple of times in their life if it was a piece-of-cake experience, and they’ll probably give you a few reasons as to why it wasn’t. First, the whole raw fish thing can take some getting used to second, it’s a balancing act if you want to add toppings like ginger and wasabi (not too much!) third, it takes some skill to dip it in soy sauce without having the rice fall apart and fourth, it’s too big for one bite but too small for two! Our advice? Don’t even bother with ginger, wasabi, or chopsticks. Just pick it up, dunk it fish side down into a little soy sauce, and pop the whole thing in your mouth.

Ice Cream Cones
You’d be hard-pressed to find a kid that would turn down an ice cream cone. You’d also be hard-pressed to find a kid that doesn’t mind getting covered in sweet, sticky goo. Even with a napkin wrapped around the cone, the ice cream melts onto your hands and can only be washed away with water (which just so happens to not be easily accessible at the fairs, carnivals, and other outdoor events where ice cream cones tend to be eaten). Lick too hard, and the whole scoop falls to the ground below, one of the all-time childhood tear-jerkers. We’ll take ours in a cup.

Ah, the mango. So sweet, so creamy, and so darn hard to eat. Many a knife has gotten stuck inside its irregularly shaped pit, which cuts across basically the whole length of the fruit. To get the most out of your mango, we suggest cutting off the two sides as close to the pit as possible, slicing cross-hatches into the flesh (making sure not to break through the skin), turning it inside-out, then slicing off individual chunks. As for the rest? Peel off the skin and eat the meat right from the pit.

OK, so you’ve finally figured out how to actually open this leathery fruit (score the skin and rip it apart). But what now? Sure, you could just bite right into it, but you risk getting the little juice-surrounded seeds (actually called arils) all over the floor, and staining your clothes in the process. Our method? Place the whole thing in a big bowl of water, separate the arils from the pulp (which floats), drain the water, and you’re left with nothing but the seeds. You can make this process even easier by freezing the fruit first.

Several varieties of snails from both land and sea are eaten all over the world, with varying degrees of popularity. Land snails, as you probably know, are most commonly referred to as escargots, and are most often found in white-tablecloth French restaurants. Sea snails are called periwinkles. Both are difficult to eat. For one, a full-size fork will not work in your favor. You’ll need to use a teeny tiny cocktail fork, which is about a quarter of the size of a full-size fork, to get the suckers out of their shells. Try as you might, there’s simply no other way to go it.

Shrimp, crabs, and lobsters are all members of the crustacean family. While shrimp might not be too difficult to peel (remove the head and legs, then peel the shell off), the other two members of the family can make for very interesting eating experiences. They both require a special shell-cracker, similar to a nutcracker, and more often than not a bib. While there are certainly some tricks to removing claw meat (crack around the thickest part of it and try to pull it out in one fell swoop), and lobster tail meat can be extracted by hand, those crab legs can be tricky suckers. There’s really no quick and easy way to remove meat from crab legs, but once the work is done (we advise taking the time to remove it all in one fell swoop before eating, as opposed to doing it piecemeal) and the resulting flesh is dunked in butter, it’s one of the most delicious foods on the planet. Now, should you find yourself confronting a bucket of blue crabs, which contain far more meat in the body than in the legs, we suggest you just rip them open and get pickin’.

There’s a food on this planet that is so difficult to eat that it’s almost not worth it. Almost. In order to eat a coconut, you first need to climb a tall tree, often with nothing but your arms and legs to support you, and hack the coconut down with a machete. Then, you need to use that machete to hack and peel away the tough, fibrous outer casing, until you’re left with the coconut itself, which is nearly impenetrable. To get at it, you should first use a hammer and nail to drill a hole into one of its "eyes," drink the (delicious and nutritious) coconut water out if it (if any), then use the hammer to break it open. After that you can scrape the pulp off the inside. Man, that was difficult. But worth it.

15 Random Food Vending Machines That Actually Exist

When people think about vending machines, they think of candy, drinks, and cold gross coffee. Today, millennials care more about the food quality and how fast they can get it. It seems like more and more vending machines are popping up all over the world that serve customers higher quality food and drinks, so here are just a few of our favorites.


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This vending machine is something you need to try if you ever are in Chicago. This might be the only vending machine with a five-star rating on Yelp.


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What do you do when you’re craving caviar in Los Angeles? Head to a caviar vending machine of course. The prices start at five dollars and go all the way up to 500 dollars, because who doesn’t have that lying around?

Pecan Pie

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Sometimes you don’t have enough time to make it to the bakery before it closes. In Ceder Creek, Texas, you can get a baked pecan pie from Berdoll Pecan Farm right outside of their store for $17.50.

Fresh Eggs

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Currently, these farm fresh eggs are only available in Japan and California. Farm stands are a thing of the past, these machines are set up on the side of the road by local farmers.


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In Europe, Let’s Pizza serves 10.5″ fresh pizza pies for only six dollars. All by itself, this machine kneads the dough, sauces your pizza, and places the toppings all in under three minutes.

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In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to get a bottle of wine, all you need to do it swipe your ID, look into a camera, and blow into a sensor at an Enomatic machine.


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When you have a layover on your flight in Moscow, try their burgers in the Sheremetyevo international airport.

Hot Dogs

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These vending machines are popping up across United States Baseball fields. Because going to a baseball game without eating a hot dog, just isn’t the same.


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So far these cupcake vending machines are only in Beavery Hills and Chicago. They are open 24 hours, your midnight munchies will never go unsatisfied.

French Fries

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We have to give credit to the dutch for this amazing invention. This machine deep-fries potato strips and serves them with mayonnaise, curry, and ketchup in less than two minutes.

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These machines originated in Europe but are now being put in professional sports stadiums across America. The Minnesota Twins is the first team to have these machines. Customers first need to show an ID to buy a prepaid debit card, then they are free to visit these vending machines whenever they please.

Make-Your-Own Ice Cream

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This vending machine, located in the United States, creates an easy way for you to try 96 different flavors of ice cream.

Cotton Candy

Insert your coin, press start, and watch this automatic cotton candy machine create you a yummy snack in under seventy seconds.


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Your favorite game as a kid has now changed a little. If you are in Las Vegas, for two dollars, you can try to claw yourself a lobster. If you’re lucky and catch the lobster the restaurant will cook it for you.


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The Burritobox is the world’s first burrito vending machine, introduced in 2015. Its first location was in the Mobil station in West Hollywood. The machine works like a Redbox where there’s an interactive screen to pick out your flavors. The burritos cost only three dollars and contain no hormones, no antibiotics, and cage-free eggs.

1 Miniature food. and maraschino cherries

If you have some extra money that you would like to waste or just find tiny things irresistible then this is the vending machine for you! Not only does it provide you with micro sized (seemingly useless) renderings of food, household items, and other everyday objects but it also provides you with perhaps one of the most arbitrary snack choices of all time - a small can of maraschino cherries.

This two for one special makes it seem endlessly pointless considering a maraschino cherry has almost zero nutritional (or flavour) benefit but then again, tiny cute useless things beckon. A truly puzzling concept but one that exists in Japan nonetheless.

References: dw, soranews24, coca-colacompany, kotaku, businessinsider, theguardian

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