A new vending machine at Ohio State University is proving to be so popular that it keeps running out of stock.
Bacon. It’s perhaps the most beloved meat product the world has ever seen. A specific cut from the belly of the pig that is then cured and sliced into thin strips. When it's fried up in a pan it produces an aroma that can only be described as heavenly.
It also tends to permeate your apartment and stick to all your clothes, causing coworkers to compliment you on your choice of breakfast.
And now, students at Ohio State University don’t even have to go to the trouble of frying up their bacon in order to consume the most delicious of meats.
Located in the Animal Sciences Building lobby is an honest-to-God bacon vending machine serving up pre-packaged portions of pre-cooked bacon. Yes, pre-cooked and shelf-stable isn’t going to be as delicious as fresh-off-the-pan strips you made yourself, but even bacon that’s half as good is still well into the realm of absolutely freakin’ delicious.
And the best part? Each package can be purchased for $1.
The machine was donated by the Ohio Pork Council for OSU’s Meat Science Program, and yes, there is such a thing as a Meat Science Program. There’s a lot of science that goes into meat and meat production, and a lot of it will likely go into making meat from Petri dishes instead of a live pig very shortly.
All the bacon products are donated by Hormel, Sugardale, and Smithfield brands, and all proceeds go to helping the Meat Science Program. And there are a lot of proceeds so far: OSU students tending to the machine’s stock report that it must be refilled 4-5 times per day since people really love bacon for some reason.
Unfortunately, the machine will only be available until December 13th, at which point it turns into a slice of bacon itself and disappears just as quickly. We hope that this magical machine shows up soon at other campuses across the US, and indeed, around the rest of the world.