Weird things you can buy in ATMs
ATMs of awesomeness!
Burritos, birth control, bitcoins: Clearly, only the most conventional ATMs stick to dispensing dollar bills.
Here are some of the cool, offbeat things that can be had with the mere touch of a screen via the machine down the corner...or across the globe:
If you run across a gold ATM in Las Vegas or Abu Dhabi, chances are it's literally a gold-dispensing machine. Insert cash or swipe a card at a Gold to Go machine, and buy a gold bar at the going exchange rate.
Sprinkles launched this regularly stocked sweet machine in 2012 in Beverly Hills. Today, the chain runs nearly a dozen cupcake ATMs, ensuring your red-velvet needs can be met 24/7 across the United States.
In 2014, Australia's ANZ bank converted 10 of its ATMS into designer "GayTMs" for the weeklong Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardis Gras. The GayTMs, which dispense a message of inclusiveness along with cash, are now an annual tradition.
Mike Tyson bitcoins!
If you prefer your cash-to-bitcoin transaction to be sanctioned by a former heavyweight boxing champ, then the Mike Tyson-branded ATM bitcoin machine at the Linq Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is for you.
OK, some of these are are closer to vending machines than ATMs. But we had to include them. Exhibit A: pizza.
In London, you can conduct a pizza transaction -- from payment to hot, cheesy product -- in less than 3 minutes at a Let's Pizza, billed as the "world's first pizza vending machine."
From Africa to Europe, so-called "condom ATMs" liberate the condom vending machine from the public restroom and add variety, such as lubricants and, in the case of one Brooklyn-based machine, morning-after pills.
Make a selection, insert cash and -- voila! -- freshly stocked caviar (or truffles, if you prefer) can be yours at one of the machines run by the 90210-based gourmet food company Beverly Hills Caviar.
These machines are big deals in countries (and especially rural villages) where clean water is a big challenge. The Indian-produced Synergy Water ATM accepts cash or card.
Nutella-filled Krispy Kremes!
This pop-up ATM, called Hole in the Wall, was operated in May at a London Krispy Kreme to promote the UK launch of these limited-edition doughnuts.
At this India-based machine, ATM stands for Any Time Milk because you can buy fresh pouches of milk at, yes, any time.
China's Dongguan Library runs a street-corner, self-service library ATM that it sees as helping ensure access to old-school-but-still-cool paper books.
The Burritobox sounds like an idea that started in Los Angeles, and it did. The automated burrito-making machine, now found coast to coast, dispenses hand-held meals and sides.
If you're at an ATM in Missouri or Minnesota, and you're feeling lucky, you might be able to buy lottery tickets alongside your withdrawal -- of course, you can also skip the withdrawal and just try to get lucky.