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
at places like Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon and Arizona Pizza Company.
Price: Usually $3.