When it comes to putting stuff in giant metal boxes and charging people money, Japan is the undisputed king. There is reportedly one vending machine for every 26 Japanese citizens. Do the math. That's a hell of a lot of machines.
But it's not the sheer number of vending machines in Japan that is amazing -- it's the variety of things you can purchase from them! Below are some examples (believe me when I tell you, I saved the craziest ones for last!)
Ice cream vending machines
We start off with a great idea for a vending machine. Who doesn't like ice cream?
Kind of odd, but I guess it makes sense
Even though the Japanese government does not allow genitalia to be depicted in print media (tax dollars go to pay for the removal of the offensive material), porn is still very popular. I guess you take what you can get!
Hot dogs, dumplings, french fries... it's all available. Not saying it tastes good, just saying it's available.
Usually found near shrines and places of worship
Beer and liquor vending machines
Yes, beer and liquor can be had at the touch of a button -- and there's no one to card you! You would think these machines would cause some sort of mass delinquency of minors, but apparently that's not the case
More beer and liquor vending machines
Canned beer and bottled whiskey! Even two-liter jugs of the stuff! Can you believe it?!
Fishing line, hooks, lures, and even live bait can be purchased on the spot
If you have a long ride home from the grocery store, you can pack your food in a bag of dry ice
Toilet paper vending machines
For about $1 U.S., you can buy a small package of TP for your bunghole
Energy drink and condom vending machines
Believe it or not, there are many children in Japan who keep real, live beetles as pets! The most popular kind is the Rhinoceros Beetle. Guilt-ridden fathers can now buy one for their kids after they stumble out of the hostess bar at 3AM
"Slightly Used Girl's Panties" vending machines
No, this is not some sort of mythical legend -- what you heard is true! You can actually buy "slightly soiled" panties from a vending machine for between $10 and $30 U.S. Some machines actually display photos of each of the original owners (yeah, right) near the item numbers. The machine pictured here used to vend cigarettes
Now you can cop a feel without getting slapped across the face. This is plain silly! I want one! I mean two!
So what's your favorite? Can't wait to hear your comments...
Special thanks to Photomann.com!