A colleague found this remarkable report (via NPR) on a vending machine in Nanking, China, that dispenses crabs
. Living crabs. They are enclosed in cases and then, according to NPR, kept at a temperature that keeps them docile.
The machines are moving around 200 crabs a day, Xinhua's Tantao News reports. And there's a guarantee that if you buy a dead one, you'll get three live ones, for free, according to Japan Probe.