The Ten Wackiest Food Vending Machines Ever: Mashed Potatoes, Live Crabs, and More (Videos)

It must be a slow news week because instead of the upcoming Presidential election, Middle East strife, and needles in your airplane sandwich, ABC (and most every other news source) chose to focus on a truly bizarre story and an invention that could possibly save mankind.

The mashed potato vending machine.

To be honest, it's not just a mashed potato machine. It's a mashed potato and gravy vending machine! And it's real. Unfortunately, it's not yet available in the United States, so you'll have to tack about a thousand dollars in airfare onto your $1-a-cup price to get to Singapore where we hear mechanized mashed potatoes are all the rage.

We figured that mashed potatoes can't be the craziest thing ever stuffed into a machine -- and we were right. Here then is our list of the wackiest items to come out of a vending machine. It's sort of like HAL meets Chef Boyardee.

10. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
When we heard that 7-Eleven had a mashed potatoes and gravy machine, we thought that the Thanksgiving fairy had finally answered our prayers. Just watch this puppy in action at a local convenience store in Singapore. We love the little gravy train-inspired happy ending.

9. Bananas
Here's a vending machine that we need to see more of -- like in every single elementary school, maybe? This machine doles out Dole...bananas!

Only the preferred fruit of monkeys everywhere comes out of this mechanical mom.
No chips, no cookies, no honey buns. Is that a banana in your robot or are you just happy to see me?

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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