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Used Panty Vending Machines and other Bulls#!+

September 20th, 2006 · 16 Comments

In respone to the comments to this post on Digg.com:

Repeat after me: There are no used panty vending machines in Japan. The third most common vending machines after soft drinks and smokes aren't the ones for porn. We don't have supermarkets staffed by robots. You don't see "many many bars and other services that have big signs saying 'NO FOREIGNERS'." Are the Japanese "beta testers for future technology"? I don't think so. At least not the ones in my neighborhood.

Categories: Podcast · Soliloquy · Soundseeing

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 maciej // Sep 20, 2006 at 1:08 pm

    Just to put a smile on your face Richi try to google "failure" and see what you get.

  • 2 Rich Pav // Sep 20, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    I found out about that just a few days ago. It's quite a statement. I wonder who managed to do that.

  • 3 James // Sep 20, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    The third most common vending machines after soft drinks and smokes aren't the ones for porn.

    Yeah, they're probably 5th (behind battery and rice-related vending machines).

  • 4 Rich Pav // Sep 20, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    It's #2 in Yahoo. MSN, the party poopers they are, have a link explaining it.

    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/09/googlebombing-failure.html

  • 5 Rich Pav // Sep 20, 2006 at 1:30 pm

    The only battery vending machines I've ever seen are in front of really old mom & pop stores. They're always rusted out and out of order.

    Rice vending machines are often found in smaller towns. There are also kiosks for milling rice.

  • 6 Garrett // Sep 20, 2006 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you, Rich. I agree with you completely. (Although I did once see panties in a vending machine in Harajuku.) I've learned to deal with being told I use chopsticks well (not true) or hearing that my awkward Japanese is great as backhanded kind of compliment, but it drives me half out of my gourd when my fellow Americans want to tell me about geisha or extrapolate bizarre ideas about Japan from the News of the Weird. It's the equivalent of assuming that Americans running around shooting each other all the time.
    Keep up the good work.

    - Garrett De Orio
    http://www.transpacificradio.com

  • 7 Lon // Sep 20, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    Sadly, Americans are…

    http://www.bradycampaign.org/facts/factsheets/pdf/firearm_facts.pdf

  • 8 Lon // Sep 21, 2006 at 2:18 am

    Rich, I think the idea of the documentary is great! Looking forward to it when you get the time to put it together.

  • 9 Bennie // Sep 21, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    About all those people who think they know there are used panty vending machines.. I believe someone with experience like you anytime over a 1000 people internet crowd. It is a thing that on the internet people easier lie and be very rude to other people because they are far away from them. They unleash their frustrations on the internet like rascist remarks and such. (There are some pretty bad things on YouTube) On the internet you can say basically anything you want without getting beat up or having action taken against you. (e.g. the women gropers website)

    A video documentary would be great! Maybe it will clear the used panty vending machine myth once and for all!

  • 10 Phil Harnish // Sep 21, 2006 at 11:12 pm

    For what it's worth, I have heard this discussed on some other podcasts. One claim was pretty elaborate. It goes something like this:
    As soon as one of these machines hit the streets they were immediately frowned upon. After many complaints, police were finally able to dig up an "antiques" related law which requires all "antique" dealers to get permission before selling used goods. Thus the problem was solved.

    I would never be able to find it again though :( Perhaps you could put the issue to rest for good! Good luck.

  • 11 Reality Bites // Sep 25, 2006 at 1:06 am

    Listening to those who haven't experienced Japan talk about it is like having a dog describe a rainbow. (Dogs are supposed to be color blind).

  • 12 Rich Pav // Sep 26, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    It's more like listening to Senator Ted Stevens trying to explain the internet.

  • 13 San Nakji // May 11, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Oh well. I guess I have these old ones to listen to. I think it's great you debunked this myth. I once spent a whole day trying to find the weirdest vending machine I could in Osaka. It was a beer machine… Not that weird!

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    well i want to get info on used panty vending machines i want to make CASSSSHHHH….

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