World's Strangest Vending Machines
Live Lobsters, U.S.
Is it a carnival game or an instant seafood market? It’s both! The Maine Lobster Game—which is found in 100 locations, from Maine to California—works just like those claw-on-a-crane games that deliver stuffed animals at your county fair, except the prize here is a live lobster. Pop in your $3 and you get 15 seconds’ worth of maneuvering to catch your crustacean. If you win, the restaurant should either cook up your score or bag it for you (have fun explaining that to airport security). You’ll find most of them in southwest Florida, at places like Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon and Arizona Pizza Company.
Price: Usually $3.