The bizarre vending machines that serve the unexpected

A butcher in Wisconsin has come up with a novel way for people to get their hands on meat when he's closed - he has put a meat vending machine outside his shop. It's a bizarre idea - but it's far from the weirdest.

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The idea of being able to help yourself to sausages if you have a meat emergency in the middle of the night will appeal to some people. Others won't be so excited by the idea of getting a pack of mince from a machine on the street.

This butcher is certainly striking out on an unusual route, but he's not the first to dream up an unusual take on the vending machine. We've tracked down ten of the most bizarre.

1. Crabs. A vending machine selling live crabs in plastic containers opened in China in 2013. The crabs sell for £2-£6.50 depending on their size.

2. Cupcakes. The first cupcake vending machine opened in Beverley Hills in 2012, and was such a success that it sold 1,000 cupcakes a day.

3. Ferraris. A used car seller in Singapore claims to have the world's largest luxury car vending machine - from a 15-storey building, selling 60 luxury cars, which can be viewed through the glass fronted building and bought with the touch of a button.

4. Gold bullion. For the billionaire who has everything, how about a vending machine that dispenses bars of gold and gold coins? The bizarre gold ATM opened first in Abu Dhabi, and in 2011 opened its first gold ATM in West London.

5. Mashed potato. Singapore convenience stores apparently commonly house vending machines, dispensing mash with gravy for all your mash-related needs at any time of the day or night.

6. Caviar. Only in Beverly Hills would you have a vending machine specialising in caviar. In case your luxury food needs aren't satisfied with fish eggs, it also stocks snails and truffles.

7. Ties. In Japan, a tie vending machine will help avoid the walk of shame - or tie-related dramas on the day you misread the dress code.

8. Flip-flops. For that impromptu trip to the beach - or those who left their shoes too close to an incoming tide - Sydney in Australia is home to a flip-flop vending machine.

9. Lettuce. One bizarre vending machine in Japan actually grows lettuces under fluorescent lights - and then sells them. It grows about 60 a day.

10. Baguettes. This Paris vending machine stores part-baked baguettes. When you pay, the machine will finish baking the bread, and dispense it hot.

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For those days when you can’t beat a game of ping pong but can’t be bothered to bring the table down from the loft, why not try the ping pong door from Tobias Fräenzel?

It’s a fully-functioning door, but when you need a spot of pinging and ponging you can flip it down to form a table. has it on offer for 990 euros. Just don't ask how people get through the doorway while you're playing.

Some people think that babies are nothing but hard work, and that you spend your life clearing up after them. But those people haven’t discovered the baby mop - a baby-gro with cleaning pads attached, so your loved one can clean as he or she crawls. It’s never to early to have them do their bit around the house. The baby-gro is on sale at for £29.99

Strolling around with a baby in a buggy is all very well and good, but what if you're tired of strolling, or you're in a hurry?

If you need to speed things up then inventor Valentin Vodev has the answer, with the scooter/buggy hybrid. So far the prototype is not on the market, but surely it can only be a matter of time.

Just think of all those hours you wasted making paper planes by folding them. Now you can cut the process down to less than a second with this paper plane gun, which makes the planes inside and fires them for you.

The gun itself was made with the genius of one man and the aid of a 3D printer, and it’s going to change the world of paper planes forever - once it gets beyond the prototype stage.

It's one of life's great questions. How can you carry an umbrella and a cup of coffee - and still be able to open doors?

Step forward the umbrella cup holder from Korea, with a nifty cup holder in the handle of the brolly that will leave your other hand spare for the other great challenges in life.

Eating lunch at your desk is never a delight. However, when you’ve packed a salad or soup and no cutlery it can make the whole process into a lunchtime nightmare.

Fortunately some clever soul has invented the ink pen cap eating utensils. Just keep them in your drawer, attach the knife, fork or spoon head to your pen, and you have a brilliant eating utensil.

Just don't ask why you can't just keep plastic cutlery in your drawer instead.

For anyone who has ever wondered where their pet goes all day - or whose animal has a habit of wandering off - fear not because now you can track it.

The G-Paws GSP tracker fits on their collar so that no matter where they roam, you can easy track them down. also points out it’s handy for tracking a trail of destruction, or for keeping tabs on your dog walker too.

Are you sick of your packed lunch going missing from the office fridge? Well those horrors could soon be a thing of the past with the theft deterrent sandwich bags.

For just $4.99 you can get a plastic sandwich bag with fake mould printed onto it. Those green splodges will mean that no matter how light-fingered your colleagues are, they’ll keep their hands off your lunch.

You might have thought that dogs are capable of getting wet and just shaking it off, but if you're worried that your pampered pooch is suffering, you can invest in a dog umbrella.

These are held by the owner, with an upside-down shade to hold over your dog in inclement weather. These bargains are available for $8.99 on

Have you ever wondered who these people are with the time and patience to make their own sushi? Well now you can be one of them - but without the time and patience - because the sushi bazooka will make it for you.

Just load the gun with the rice and top with your filling, then seal it and squeeze. The sushi gun will then fire out a perfectly formed sushi roll. Your eating habits will be transformed for just £19.99 from


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