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The Post Quiz: Vending Machine History

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It's a bit of a game, really: buying things from vending machines. What do you know about them? Answer this multiple choice quiz.

  1. The first-ever vending machine was designed by:
    • Thomas Edison
    • Thomas Jefferson
    • Leonardo da Vinci
    • Hero of Alexandria
  2. You're in an English pub in 1615. What can you buy from the vending machine?
    • Beer
    • Snuff and tobacco
    • Change
    • Sugar candy
  3. What did the first patented vending machine (1886, USA) dispense?
    • Chewing gum
    • Chocolate
    • Tobacco
    • Postcards
  4. What illegal material could you buy from an English vending machine in 1822?
    • Opium
    • French wine
    • A copy of Tom Paine's Age of Reason
    • A nude picture of George IV
  5. What could you buy from the vending machines in the New York City El in 1888?
    • Newspapers
    • Cigarettes
    • Chewing gum
    • El tokens
  6. In 1892, a Utah company came up with a unique vending machine item. What could you buy for $2.50 in coins?
    • A mining claim
    • Divorce papers
    • A copy of The Book of Mormon
    • A land deed
  7. Why were authorities alarmed by the soft drink vending machines at Coney Island in 1900?
    • Too much sugar
    • Too expensive
    • Shared tin cups
    • Unclean water
  8. Where did the idea of vending machine restaurants originate?
    • Amsterdam
    • New York
    • Philadelphia
    • Berlin
  9. In 1937, some British readers could buy paperback books from a vending machine. What was the machine called?
    • The Penguincubator
    • The Book-o-Matic
    • The Readomatic
    • The Autokiosk
  10. What did the Carvana company begin selling from vending machines in 2013?
    • Used cars
    • Art objects
    • Disposable video cameras
    • Mobile phones

You knew them all, right? You trivia junkie, you. No? Then click on the picture. It will vend answers.

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