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What Movie Sequel Would You Un-Make?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. This week, we’re doing something a little different. I’m granting you three wishes! Probably not wishes you’d actually make, but you shouldn’t look a wish-granting horse in [...]

Fire crews reveal bizarre call-outs

Fire crews have been called out to rescue people from vending machines, cat flaps and more. In London alone, the fire brigade was called out to 417 re…

Goodie Monster Vending Machine

Tired of all those junk food in regular ol’ vending machines in their building, designer Mette Hornung Rankin of the Bureau of Betterment and Mark Jacobs of 58 Minutes decided to take matters [...]

Whiskey Vending Machine

Ah, the good ol’ days. Actually, they’re probably called that because the whiskey (or "whisky" for all you purists) made you forget all the bad parts … The Whisky Vending Machine, which mixes whiskey [...]

Library Vending Machine

The Polk County Library system in Florida has introduced library vending machines. The machines are placed in areas where there is no local library. People can go to the machine, swipe their library card and check out a book. The machines are similar to Red Box movie rental machines. One of the machines has DVDs in [...]

Hi-Tech Japanese Vending Machine Uses 47-Inch Touchscreen Panel to Sell Drinks

In a land of high-tech toilet and strange robots, a regular ol’ vending machine just won’t do. So behold, the vending machine in subway stations in Tokyo that uses 47-inch touchscreen panel to sell you drinks: A 47-inch touchscreen panel dominates the front of this beast, which shows two tall eyes when in sleep mode and switches [...]

The First Vending Machine Was Made 2,000 Years Ago

Hero of Alexandria (10-70 CE) was a Greek engineer and mathematician who lived in Roman-ruled Egypt. He invented many gadgets and wrote at length about them. In his book Pneumatics, he described an early vending machine. It dispensed holy water only when a coin was inserted. Here’s a selection from an English translation of the [...]

Gold Vending Machine

We’ve brought you some weird vending machines before, but this takes the cake! When you feel the need to buy gold, but don’t want to drive all the way to the bank or to your broker, just use this handy dandy gold vending machine, from a business called GOLD To Go. The first one was [...]