Trivia

Hard

What Did The First Vending Machine Dispense?

Ammunition
Candy
Advice
Holy Water

Answer: Holy Water

The first recorded instance of any kind of vending machine apparatus comes to us courtesy of Hero of Alexandria, a first century mathematician and engineer. In his writings, he described and sketched out a clever but mechanically simple device designed to stop people from taking holy water without making a payment to the church. The device was simply an urn with a hidden mechanism inside so that coins dropped through a slot in the top would push down a lever which would in turn open a valve allowing the holy water to flow out.

Despite the practical nature of his invention, vending machines didn’t rise in popularity by any measure until the advent of the industrial revolution when both mass produced goods in need of a distribution channel and mass produced parts (like sensitive actuator arms to check the weight of coins) made it possible to produce vending machines on a large scale. The earliest modern vending machines, introduced in the 1880s, dispensed postcards and later chewing gum and candies.

Trivia

Hard

Which Country Has The Largest Number Of Lakes?

Trivia

Hard

The Term “Gerrymandering” Originated In Which U.S. State?

Trivia

Hard

Fink-Mao Notation Is Used To Describe What?

Trivia

Very Hard

Nevil Maskelyne Made Headlines As A Hacker Who Infiltrated What?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The First Volunteer Distributed Computing Project?

Trivia

Hard

The Longest Unbroken Treaty In U.S. History Is Between The U.S. And?

Trivia

Easy

The Nickname For The Process Of Transferring Data Without A Network Is?

Trivia

Easy

Where Do Venomous Snakes Outnumber Non-venomous Snakes?

Trivia

Hard

Which Programming Language Is Named After The World’s First Computer Programmer?

Trivia

Hard

Extended Time Space Walking Can Cause Astronauts’ What To Fall Off/Out?