Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Penny Press #8 - Great Wolf Lodge

A weekend trip to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TXbrought about another penny smashing opportunity.  This one even has its own penny pinching mascot:

As far as design choices go, we have a couple of the GWL characters, a magic dragon and what looks like a grazing longhorn.  Maybe just as a Texas thing?

We went with Violet:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Vintage Vending at Mickey's

While we were in Minnesota we had to stop and eat at the world famous Mickey's Dining Car in St. Paul.  They've got a great greasy breakfast that we highly recommend.

Inside the vintage trappings of the Art Deco diner we found a few vintage treasures.  At the booth was a Seeburg Wall-O-Matic tabletop jukebox:

And right behind where we sat was an old Watling Scale Co. scale.  For two cents you can get what might be your accurate weight:

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Penny Press #7 - Soudan Underground Mine

It's always a good idea to take some change with you when you travel.  You never know when a penny smashing opportunity will present itself.  A recent trip to Minnesota provided some squashed penny goodness.

This beauty was waiting for me at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park.  Even if you aren't looking for a new flattened penny, I still recommend stopping by and taking the tour.  

Options include a generic Minnesota State Park campfire, the mine elevator and a bat.  I went with the location specific elevator design:


Monday, September 9, 2013

Sausage Fest

I'm surprised that it took so long for society to produce a hot dog vending machine.  Sure, I only recently found out they exist, but apparently they are more common then you'd think.  Look at how many I found:

Found in New York via PopSugar

Found in Berlin via Head Injury Theater

Monday, July 22, 2013

'Stache Stash

If you find yourself hairless and in need of a quick makeover the Mustache Vending Machine will help you bring out your inner swankiness:

Monday, June 10, 2013

Penny Press #6 - Sea Life Aquarium

Once again it's penny smashin' time!  Our latest smash happened at the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine.  At the end of the fishiness one finds this beauty:

Today's choices are shark, octopus, starfish or stingray.  We went with the starfish.

And here is the end result:

Another day, another smashed penny.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fast Key

Good news: your key copying needs can now be served "vending machine style"!  Introducing the Fast Key:

This was spotted in a North Texas Walmart.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Beer Pong Arcade Machine

Beer Pong is a thing that a lot of people do apparently.  In related news, the Beer Pong Arcade Game now exists:

It's made by Bay Tek Games and the good folks FoodBeast.com took the time to videotape a little game play:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Penny Press #5 - Fort Worth Zoo

A trip to the Fort Worth Zoo leads to another opportunity to smash a penny!  This is one of several machines around the exhibits:

Of the choices available I went with the lion:

Which I assume is loosely based on this sleepy lion at the zoo:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Doctor Who Soda Machine

Why not celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who with a cold beverage?  Here's a custom Tardis soda vending machine:

This beauty can be found at Epic Comics in Orlando, FL.  You can see more pictures (including construction) at ObviousWinner.com.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wonka Machine

I stumbled across this guy in a mall in Jackson, MS:

I didn't have any cash on me so I couldn't give it a spin but fortunately I found this video online: