The First Vending Machine

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Hero invented the first vending machine in the first century C.E., hoping to deter dishonest visitors from taking too much of the temple's holy water. The machine worked through a lever system: the deposited coin would roll onto a lever, weighing it down so that the other end lifted a plug from a container of holy water. When the coin fell off the lever, the flow of holy water ceased.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Pizza vending machines are capable of making dough, spreading sauce, adding toppings, and baking a pizza in about 3 minutes. 00:20

  2. Japan has one vending machine for every 32 citizens. 01:04

  3. One Miami vending machine vends certificates of purchase for luxury items such as cars and penthouses. 01:49

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