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China's live-crab vending machines
In some Chinese train stations you can now purchase living crustaceans as conveniently as candy bars
 
"Dahza" hairy crabs are lulled into a torpor by the chilly air inside the vending machines -- but quickly become more animated once purchased.
"Dahza" hairy crabs are lulled into a torpor by the chilly air inside the vending machines -- but quickly become more animated once purchased.
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The video: A curious new trend in vending-machine fare is cropping up China: Refrigerated live crabs. For as little as 15 yuan (two dollars), busy commuters in the city of Nanjing can purchase a "Dazha" hairy crab, a local delicacy prized for its flavorful roe. Inside the machines, rows of the plastic-encased crustaceans are kept dormant by chilly 41-degree air. And if you happen to get a crab that's beyond dormant? A "sign next to the machine offers three free crabs for anyone who is unlucky enough to get a dead one."
The reaction
: "What a deal!" says Adam Frucci at DVice. "I don't think the demand for hairy crabs is high enough here in the States to warrant bringing it across the Pacific — but maybe a lobster vending machine could be in our future?" Instead, says Stephen Messenger at TreeHugger, maybe we could design "a vending machine that dispenses a bit of decency. After all, shouldn't consuming living things be a little less convenient?" Watch a live-crab vending machine in action:

 

 

 

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