Live Crab Vending MachinesOctober 24, 2010
The Chinese have come out with live crab vending machines. This blows my mind.
One Shanghai Hairy Crab costs between the equivalent of US $1.50 to $7.50, depending on how large it is. The machine, which is kept at a temperature which cause the crabs to go into hibernation, guarantees live crabs. Get a dead one, they’ll give you three for free. Sure enough, the reporter in the video below gets a feisty one.
Great. Now I have a crab. What the hell am I going to do with it? Okay, Phillips, here is your opportunity to redeem yourself for the Franken-crab process you invented. Sure, selling live crabs is easy, just keep them really cold and they hibernate. The next obvious step would be a vending machine that steams and seasons them.
I have an even better concept. Convert one of those horrible claw machines where you try to pick up a prize in the glass case. In this case you would pick up your crab and drop him into a steamer.