In a subway station in the Chinese city of Nanjing, vending machines sell live crabs. The crabs are kept at 0-10° C (32-50° F) – not enough to freeze them, but cold enough to make them docile. Around 200 crabs are sold daily – and if you buy a dead one, you’ll get three live ones for free.
Japan has over 5 million operating vending machines currently within the country, making it so there is 1 vending machine per 23 people, making it the country with the most vending machines per capita in the entire world.
In the late 90’s, Coca-Cola tested vending machines that would automatically change prices based on the temperature outside. The higher the temperature the higher the price.
Istanbul has a vending machine that releases food and water for the city’s stray dogs in exchange for recycled plastic bottles.
Its possible to buy wigs in vending machines in Japan. Wigs for dogs that is, and mostly in Tokyo.
The first vending machine — a device that dispensed holy water in exchange for a coin — was invented in the first century A.D.
There are more vending machines in Japan than people in New Zealand.