Markets in everything, but not for everybody

A cigarette vending machine that can tell adults from minors by
determining their approximate ages based on bone structure, wrinkles
and the way their skin sags went on sale Monday.

People wishing to buy cigarettes have to look at a facial
recognition camera in the upper section of the machine and press a
button. In about three seconds, the machine determines whether the
person is 20 years old–the legal age to buy cigarettes–or above. The
purchase will be allowed if the machine is satisfied.

Here is the full story.  But if you want to feel better about markets again, here are lots of strange toys, with photos.  The second page is even better.  #8 and #11 are, um…strange, even for Japan.


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