You’ve come a long way, Selecta


Modern life is mechanized life. Machines make all the things we take for granted on a daily basis possible. If you live in Vienna, 24-hour shopping is one of those things, unless you are lucky enough to have a round-the-clock gas station nearby. Luckily, the company Selecta noticed this problem, and, good capitalists that they are, found a way to make a profit from it. They placed food vending machines on most rapid train stations in Vienna where you can buy a chocolate bar, some chips and a soft drink, no matter what time it is. Those things are regular lifesavers – so important for everyday living that our good friends at even made a homage to them.

Just recently, they updated the goods in their vending machines. Now, a green dot indicates healthy food – low-fat, low-sugar, the usual. While this might be interesting for the health-concious human on the move, what’s far more important to society is the fact that they now offer condoms! Yay! 3 pieces, semi-transparent, lubed, for 2.50€. If I had a Euro for every time that I was in need of one of those things, but the shops were closed and I had to check through dozens of bars to find one with a condom vending machine in the mens toilet that actually worked and didn’t have condoms that expired 4 years ago… I’d have a lot of Euros.

This might look like a small thing to some people, but considering that there are currently forces at work in this country that would like to kill the idea of planned parenthood (Think Johann Gudenus’ condom tax or Elisabeth Gehrers’ “children instead of parties”), I think it’s a big step. My only concern is that the low-temperature environment inside those machines might hurt the little rubbers.

7 Comments so far

  1. neid (unregistered) on March 10th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    you sex machine

  2. Philipp (unregistered) on March 10th, 2006 @ 5:31 pm

    Not really, I mostly used them as water balloons.

  3. KazMac (unregistered) on March 10th, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

    Hey Phil, Speaking of vending machines, what about that HUGE one at Karlsplatz U bahn. The sheer size of it has to be seen to be believed… For the non residents of Vienna, it’s a whopper and carries alot of snacky foods, not rubbers, well not at least the last time I peeked in. I’ll check it out again in a fortnight !! Caio, Kazmac

  4. Philipp (unregistered) on March 10th, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

    Hey Kazmac, well, the thing at Karlsplatz is not so much a giant vending machine, it’s actually advertised a “mini-supermarket” – but it’s cool nonetheless. As soon as my camera gets back from repairs, I’ll post it.

  5. nex (unregistered) on March 11th, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

    first of all: bo!

    secondly: until phil gets around to it, there’s already a shot in the pool; lo-fi, but with a human inside the machine.

  6. arved (unregistered) on March 12th, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

    The mini supermarket at Karlsplatz has been empty and according to a notice on the window out of order for a few weeks.

  7. sam (unregistered) on March 14th, 2006 @ 7:25 am

    selectas truly are lifesavers.they should send some to baghdad!

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