Building an entire mini dispenser around the preparation and distribution of Cup Noodle may seem, shall we say, redundantly redundant, but we can appreciate the mechanics all the same.

Hardly automated, the machine dispenses one of four stored Cup Noodles upon insertion of money. The user then peels back the lid and places it under a hot water dispenser. Should they be unsure as to how long their noodles need to soak (or require a beep to activate their Pavlovian salivary glands), the machine also features a three-minute timer.

The Cup Noodle vending machine is more than a little absurd, but only if you're changeless or not hungover. [Cup Noodle via Tokyo Mango]