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http://www.snopes.com/science/saltwater.asp

In the early 2000's there was an urban legend about how if you pour salt water into a vending machine then the vending machine will dispense free products. The article doesn't provide the extraordinary claim with extraordinary evidence. The article creates a fake story about how people have been caught and how companies are improving technology, but provides very little evidence of how this urban legend could be true. The article very vaguely explains why salt watering a vending machine works, but doesn't go into depth about it. The vagueness of the article provides the article with enough credibility to the general public to make it believable. There is no real science in this article just a few claims about how the salt water short circuits the system and how companies have started to prevent people from being able to steal soda from these machines. There is no extraordinary evidence in the article to explain this extraordinary claim. The article also goes into depth about the dangers of salt watering a vending machine and how it can lead to arrest and incarceration, as well as go into depth of the dangers a person could cause to them physically. The article does present a claim that is falsifiable because the hypothesis can best tested and proven true or false. In the end the urban legend was proven false and that it is not true that you can pour salt water into a vending machine and get free products out of that machine.

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