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The owner of a convenience store in Kentucky recently disconnected the power from a vending machine, only to find it “come back to life”.

While cleaning the store one evening, the owner Aaron Fowell, was shocked when the soft drinks vending machine continued to operate after it was unplugged.

“I needed to clean the area around the vending machine, which meant pushing it away from the wall. I unplugged it and moved it out so I could get behind it. I didn’t see the front [of the machine] until I was done cleaning – about 20 minutes later! I couldn’t understand it – I checked over and over again – there was definitely no power, yet the lights were all on … it even still functioned properly!”

More than a week later, the vending machine is still running – free of cords or any direct power source. The vending machine is a common model which can be found all over the world (and has been confirmed to be without batteries).

There are numerous theories being offered to explain the strange-goings-on; some of the more exotic ideas include supernatural beings, alien intervention and even the reincarnation of a previous shop owner.

However, the hypothesis with the most substance according to many scientists is that rogue waves of electricity from a nearby power station are affecting an unshielded circuit board within the machine which is allowing it to ‘absorb power from the air’.

Whether this is an act of God, or a mere scientific phenomenon – perhaps it holds the key to solving climate change. We always knew vending would change the world!

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