Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 24

Coin Operated

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 24, 2008 on The History Channel
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Coin Operated
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Every 15 minutes, Americans insert over 3.5 million coins into vending machines. What are they buying? How do the machines work?
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      • According to the National Automatic Merchandising Association, in 2007 consumers worldwide purchased over 21 billion bottled beverages from vending machines, enough to encircle the Earth 70 times.

      • In 1988 the number of new pinball machines manufactured in the United States was about 100,000 units. Today the yearly average of total games made is only about 10,000 units.

      • In the 1950s when aluminum and glass phone booths replaced wooden ones, several installed by the U.S. National Park service were mysteriously vandalized. The culprits: territorial male moose that charged the booths when they say their reflections.

      • According to the U.S. Mint the average life expectancy of a coin in circulation is 30 years, while paper money lasts only about 18 months.

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      • Narrator: They're everywhere, all wanting us to dig deep into our pockets and purses and feed them. They can do just about anything, they're made of metal, plastic and miles of wire. They're one of a million or one of a kind, they can be addictive, annoying and sometimes really weird. Now, the untold story of Coin Operated, on Modern Marvels.

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