The Worst Elevator Ever Engineered [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in Weird

Uh oh, this is going to involve math, isn"t it.
There are 88 comments:
Female 14
It`s an elevator that caters to the unlucky number phobics out there. He`s the rundown.

-1 is not unlucky, but they`re put that instead of the usual `B` for basement level.
4 is excluded coz it sounds like death in chinese, unlucky.
13 is excluded coz it`s unlucky in western cultre, eg friday 13th.
14 sounds like MUST DIE in chinese.

Many hotels in the western world exclude the 13th floor, and avoid labelling a room 6 6 6 because of fearful customers. Likewise asians avoid living anywhere with the number 4 in its address.

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Female 24
maybe the missing floors are restricted floors and can only be accessed by a different life?
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Male 91
yeah # 4 = have same pronunciation as death
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Male 1
In china, number 4 is cosidered bad luck, so in many buildings there is no fourth floor.
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Female 8
Is it possible that the -1 floor is a european thing or something? :p
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Male 3,343
I`ve never seen the -1, Eliza^_^, but I knew that`s what it meant. Didn`t think this was a bad engineering job. Just different from what I`m used to. Also, I think you`re right about the missing numbers.
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Male 1,485
whats wrong with that
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Female 8
Slayer50515, of course I noticed the missing numbers :p I just find it normal for people to find that strange, even though I don`t as those floors could be for staff only or something like that.
And as for -1 I ve seen it ever since I can remember in any building that has a basement.. 0 is ground floor, -1 is the basement.. I ve even seen -2 which was the floor under the basement :p I haven`t seen it only in my country either, so I just find it strange that people are so surprised by it..
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Male 496
Careful: -1 is a water level with no end.
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Male 144
This is probably in Japan where they like to skip number 4 for being unlucky (that`s probably the reason why they skipped 14 as well).
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Male 71
4 is a unlucky number in japan, as well 13 or sometimes 17 in occidental cultures.
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Female 986
4 is unlucky elsewhere, 13 is unlucky here, but ... where is 14 unlucky? What`d 0 or B1 ever do to anyone? :(
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Male 1,043
but then what will happen if u press -1 and then again -1?
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Male 66
To get to the 14th floor you hit 15 then -1
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Female 535
-1 is common in elevators? since when?!
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Female 217
has anyone ever heard of private floors? maybe some big shots have their own seperate lift or they are places for other floors to store stock, we have that where i work (in a shopping centre, or "mall")
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Male 987
"Umm.. what I don`t get is why people find -1 floor strange. -1 is very commonly found in elevators.. "
You`re not very observant, are you xP
Floors 4, 13 and 14 are missing.
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Male 703
i would like to go to flor 3 and 4 halfs please
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Male 2,586
Ah yeah trashcan7 - you`re right... 4 is unlucky for chinese people and 13 for westerners... it probably is superstition-based! :)
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Male 497
many missing numbers
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Male 47
I dont see whats wrong. maybe the 3rd & 4th floor are actually one big floor. or maybe i should stfu
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Female 8
Umm.. what I don`t get is why people find -1 floor strange. -1 is very commonly found in elevators..
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Male 17,511
They clearly skipped the zero.
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Male 564
TKD_Master
Those numbers aren`t messed up, they were purposely excluded for superstitious reasons.
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Male 4,793
to those that just think the -1 is messed up, notice how there is no 4, 13, or 14. once you notice that, the -1 isn`t so bad haha.
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Female 2
Hehe I worked on building highrises like that.. It was confusing sometimes.. o_O There was no floor 13, and no floors with the number 4. Superstitions.. =/
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Female 208
-1 would be the ground floor or the basement?
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Female 1,604
My guess would be there could be there is an elevator the public uses, and there are certain floors they aren`t supposed to go to, executive floors or something, and another elevator for executives
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Male 46
Worst elevator ever? More like best elevator ever!
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Male 248
They say if you can get on the thirteenth floor on this elevator, you will be rewarded with a handshake from Chuck Norris.
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Male 165
yes that`s mandarin. i`m not sure about cantonese.
kinda weird IAB doesn`t support utf-8?
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Female 1,077
@helix
is that in mandarin?
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Male 165
it`s culture:
four: si4 (四) sounds like death: si3 (死)
thirteen as explained in previous comment.
fourteen is same as four.
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Female 169
I don`t understand that whole thirteenth floor thing .. um the fourteenth floor is still the thirteenth
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Male 2,199
if your gunna be superstitious about bad numbers, at least do it where it matters most... like on an airplane, so no seat 4, 13, 14 and such...
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Male 339
Yeah I`ve seen elevators like this in Japan, Korea and China. The whole `unlucky 4 rhyming with death thing` is common throughout the languages. Though I still can`t get why the ground floor is usually floor `1`, maybe that`s a language issue too.
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Male 165
it`s culture:
four: si4 (四) sounds like death: si3 (死)
thirteen as explained in previous comment.
fourteen is same as four.
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Male 385
It`s not just China in the US you wont find 13 in most elevators.
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Male 25,416
Wow! that would mess it up!
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Male 76
wheres floor 0?
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Male 1,792
This is common in China. 13 is an unlucky number b/c Caucasians believe it`s unlucky. 4 is an unlucky number b/c it rhymes with "death" when you say it in Chinese.
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Male 248
Fluffy`s on the third floor corridor, noobs.
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Male 124
wheres floor 14?
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Male 10,855
I`ve seen elevators like this before.
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Female 116
heh...fluffy (reference to butters` comment, i get that joke)

anyway, WHAT THE FREAK IS FLOOR -1????

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Female 256
"Floors 4, 13 and 14 are restricted."

That as it may be, there`s absolutely no need to order those keys in such a ridiculously confusing way.

Smart-ass mathmaticians. We`ll see who`s laughing when I invent an elevator based on the complete works of Shakespeare.

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Female 362
The fourth floor is the forbidden corridor.

That`s where Fluffy is.

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Male 173
seems logical.
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Male 10,440
[quote] This is probably true, but dang. -1? I`m glad I live in America where B is basement [/quote]

What makes you think this elevator isn`t in America?

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Male 10,440
Floors 4, 13 and 14 are restricted.
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Male 1,815
There`s no 4, 13, and or 14. -1 is probably the basement, as was said before, and there`s never a 13th floor.
So just 4 and 14 aren`t accounted for
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Male 366
in japan they don`t have floors numbered 4. That includes 4, 14, 24...etc, and also all floors that are in the 40`s. They apparently don`t like 13 either
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Female 213
THERES NO 4. O.O
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Male 127
hmmm all i know about japanese hospitals is that they might not have 4th or 9th levels. 4 is `shi` which is also death. 9 is also pronounced to a word like suffering.
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Female 236
"-1 is the basement, and the missing numbers are floors that the public does not have access to."

This is probably true, but dang. -1? I`m glad I live in America where B is basement, and not -1. Also there is no star for street level!

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Male 4,867
lol opie!
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Male 12,365
[quote]Ground floor in North America is 1 Angilion.[/quote]

I`d forgotten about that...but it still doesn`t make any sense to have the ground floor as 1 and the basement as -1. Although I like splurbyburbl`s explanation :)

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Male 429
numbered buttons have anything to do with engineering? looks like something management would do.
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Male 3,631
I love the fact that whenever I need some light shed on the issue, I can always click the view/add comments button! Lazy we may be, but stupid I-A-B`ers are not.
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Female 15,763
"4 is typically a mezzanine level for mechanical systems etc-HVAC, Water heating/pumps systems etc. The upper floors may be the same or are private like cell phone collocations etc that are part of communications infrastructure and therefor off-limits without a key or a dedicated service elevator."

Don, Buzz Killington, Buzz Killington, Don. I feel you too will get along smashingly.

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Male 9
I get it. if you want to go to level 4 you have to go to level 5 then hit the -1 button.
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Male 1,918
I get the missing 13 because of superstition, they do that a lot but really? 4 and 14 are missing
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Male 86
4 is typically a mezzanine level for mechanical systems etc-HVAC, Water heating/pumps systems etc. The upper floors may be the same or are private like cell phone collocations etc that are part of communications infrastructure and therefor off-limits without a key or a dedicated service elevator.
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Male 2,796
Floors 0, 4, 13 and 14 are back-up doors to Narnia. Only British children can get to them.
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Male 3,014
We totally should label our basement floors as negative.
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Male 1
i`m guessing this is either in Japan or a Japanese building. 4 is a bad luck number like 13. it basically means "death"
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Male 37
this is a chinese elevator, because 1: the number 13 is just unlucky, 2: because there are different ways to say the number 4, and "4" and "death" are both very very close, same goes for 14, but this is usually only in hospital elevators, but the -1...that`s just...i dont know xD
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Male 4,393
ok -1 ??
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Female 1,283
JTheGreat knows what to do!
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Male 7,839
they dont seem to like 4`s
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Female 30
The number 13 is considered by so many people to be unlucky, that in order to avoid problems, most buildings don`t have a 13th floor. That is seriously true, go around and look if you don`t believe it! It`s silly & weird
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Female 63
"The basement is obvious, but why would a lift not stop at 3 intermediate floors between basement and top floor?"

The intermediate floors are floors used to house utilities for the building. Obviously you don`t want random people getting into the stuff that keeps the building ticking.

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Female 1,677
Ground floor in North America is 1 Angilion.
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Female 1,095
The missing numbers are 4 and 13, two unlucky or bad numbers...then again 14 is missing too...?
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Female 285
:D

Let`s press them all at once!

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Female 1,890
13 is an evil number so many people dont have a 13th room/floor
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Male 31
This is not funny at all...
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Male 12,365
[quote]-1 is the basement, and the missing numbers are floors that the public does not have access to.[/quote]

The basement is obvious, but why would a lift not stop at 3 intermediate floors between basement and top floor?

Also, if the basement is labelled as -1, then the ground floor should be labelled as 0. Where is it?

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Male 12,365
Maybe it`s just some students, probably drunk, relabelling the buttons for a laugh. Sometimes you can pop the plastic covers off, put different labels on the buttons and pop the covers back on - looks good as new.

If it is maths, it`s passed over ny head.

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Female 34
-1 is the basement, and the missing numbers are floors that the public does not have access to.
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Male 2,893
What if you needed to get to the 4th or the 13th floor?
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Male 107
uuh, am i the only one who doesn`t get why this is here? -1 is just for basement
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Male 2,893
I would just press -1 just to see what would happen
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Male 1,550
I understand no 13 and kind of understand -1 being the basement but what happened to the other floors?!
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Female 20
numbers 4, 13, and 14 are missing
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Female 62
lol

I love that there are no numbers with 4

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Male 3,425
Yeah, nice going there.
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Male 21,023
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