It’s hard to imagine modern life without vending machines. These convenient receptacles give us our quick fixes of essentials, such as instant food and drinks. Lately, we’ve heard of vending machines for items that we never thought would end up in them in the first place – such as underwear, books, live crabs, even gold! Seriously.
If you’re having a hard time believing that they exist, check out this list of the most interesting vending machines around the world.
1. Calvin Klein Underwear
Not just any underwear, mind you, it’s designer underwear courtesy of Calvin Klein. So now there’s no excuse for wearing dirty underwear, since you can get tighty whities and boxers on the go.
2. Live Crab
These are live crabs kept at 5-10° C to preserve freshness and their dormant state. It first appeared on a street in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province, China. The machine is restocked daily and crabs sell for around $3.27. The machine even sells crab vinegar and two bags of ginger tea!
3. Rhinoceros Beetle
Gathering live insects such as rhinoceros beetles are common in Japan and they are used to teach children about nature. Some keep the beetles as low maintenance pets or used for beetle fights.
Not surprisingly, the first vending machine for actual gold first appeared in Dubai, at The Emirates Palace Hotel to be exact. The machine checks the current value of gold every ten minutes and gives you coins or bars up to 10 grams. Now these machines can be found in Manhattan and of course, Las Vegas.
5. Used schoolgirl panties
These appeared in Japan around 1993 but eventually became banned. Back then, people weren’t really sure whether the undies were really used, but given the freaky fetishes of the Japanese, we won’t be surprised if the panties were indeed used.
6. Rental bikes
In countries like Holland where a bike is a common mode of transportation, this vending machine surely comes in very handy. It lets you rent a bike which you can return to the other end.
7. Bike parts
Speaking of bikes, if you’re in Brooklyn and in dire need of a spare part, you can just get what you want in this machine, which also sells food. You can eat while filling your tires with air. Perfect!
8. Mashed potatoes
Too lazy to create your own? Just get it from this vending machine in Singapore.
To be clear, these are medically-prescribed marijuana. So if you’re over 21 and you have a prescription, you can get your brownies and other weed varieties in this machine.
10. Used Books
This is heaven-sent for hoarders. You can get or deposit old books at your leisure. This definitely beats letting your books gather dust on your shelves.
6 Everyday Items You Didn’t Know Were Made of Dead Animals
You will be surprised (and unnerved!) by the fact that you frequently use or encounter these items.
We all know that there are certain products made of animals, such as milk, butter, and burgers. However, there are those that we are completely unaware of – the ones we thought were merely a result of commercialized process whatsoever. To put it simply, we had no idea that they were also made of animals.
Elite Readers has compiled a list of everyday things that people thought were not made of dead animals. Some of these items, in one way or another, may actually come as a surprise. Check out the list below and let us know which one is your favorite.
#6. Tattoo Ink
Whether or not you like a tattoo, it seems common knowledge that a tattoo ink is made of something but animals. In reality, though, it contains some charred bones of – wait for it – dead animals. And believe it or not, it is the reason why it has crisp. Add to this the fact that animal fat is even being used as an ink stabilizer, with gelatin extracted from animal hooves is used as a binding agent. Surprise, surprise!...
Atheists Are More Intelligent Than the Religious, According to Study
New paper supports past studies that suggest the same.
A new research paper supports numerous studies from the past decades that suggest religious people have lower intelligence than those who do not believe in God. A meta-analysis by University of Rochester found "a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity" in 53 out of 63 studies.
Authors Edward Dutton and Dimitri van der Linden call their theory the Intelligence-Mismatch Association Model, and it aims to explain the negative correlation between religiosity and intelligence. In their paper, published in Evolutionary Psychology Science, the researchers argue that religion is an "evolved domain" or also called an instinct.
According the researchers, religious people, on average, are less intelligent than atheists because faith is considered an instinct...
...and smart individuals are better at rising above their instincts.
Amazing Survival Tactics Made Frozen Alligators Survive the Winter Blast
They hate the freezing cold as much as we do.
Most creatures, human or not, will surely perish in extreme frozen conditions. Case in point, you would definitely NOT expect alligators to survive being frozen in a icy pond. Surprisingly, however, these alligators in Shalotte River Swamp Park in North Carolina did. They avoided being frozen to death, thanks to awesome survival tactics.
A video showed these alligators with their snouts sticking out of the frozen pound. They look dead at first glance, but according to the park's manager, they were actually alive and well.
A cold front surrounding most of the Eastern U.S. last week cause the pond to a deep freeze.
Park general manager George Howard said:...