The Hot Dog That Got Away

Back in September, while we were setting up for TechDays Toronto 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, John Bristowe and I noticed two of these machines:

Hot dog vending machine

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, and no, it’s not Photoshoppery – it’s an actual hot dog vending machine. Better still, it doesn’t make just one kind of hot dog, but as you can see in the close-up below, it makes three different kinds!

3 buttons: "Jumbo beef hot dog", "Spicy Italian sausage" and "Jumbo chicken hot dog"

Duuuude,” said John, “we have got to try this,” and I agreed. We’re programmers, and as such, we cannot resist junk food from a vending machine, especially junk food we’d never expect to come from a vending machine.

However, being the responsible conference track leads that we were, we had to take care of the business of running TechDays first. So we decided to try a hot dog from the machine later in the day, once things were running smoothly and when could take a break. Our plan was to record a video of us ordering and eating the vending machine hot dogs, post it online, achieve Justin Bieber levels of fame, get movie deals and become rich beyond our wildest dreams.

As you have probably guessed, that never happened. We returned later in the day, with thoughts of vending machine hot dogs in our heads, only to discover that in the interim, the machines had been taken away. We missed out because we’d waited too long.

Captain Kirk yelling "Khaaaaaaan!"

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This article also appears in Global Nerdy.