Vending Machines Sell Prescription Drugs, Live Bait

03/22/2012 01:10 pm ET | Updated Mar 22, 2012

It appears traditional vending machines are going the way of the typewriter and cassette tape.

The Wall Street Journal reports that regular vending machines "disappeared from 134,000 locations between 2007 and 2010, according to the latest available data from 'Vending Times.'"

In response to the decline, vending machine operators appear to have at least two options: give up on the business all together, or start filling them with all sorts of crazy things.

And those are far from the only innovative vending machines to come along recently.

Last month, controversy erupted when students at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania were given the ability to purchase the "morning-after pill" from a vending machine on campus.

In New York City, some startup companies have said they want to put vending machines in the backseats of taxis, according to Beta Beat.

And in New Zealand, club-goers are lining up at a newly installed cannabis vending machine.

But if candy, chips or cannabis can't satisfy your automated vending needs, perhaps a machine filled with meat will do the trick.

For more on the past, present and future of vending machines, head over to the Wall Street Journal.

And check out some other crazy vending machines:

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