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Date: 10/25/12 04:47 PM

27 Responses to The Elevator That Never Stops

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8012 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm
    Link: The Elevator That Never Stops - Future site of many fail videos featuring slips, falls and decapitations.
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    Evil_Eye Male 18-29
    1443 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm
    Guessing that is at a art museum. Or a country that has no old/young/disabled people to worry about.
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    fancythat Male 30-39
    1951 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 5:05 pm
    humans are so simple
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    zombunny Female 18-29
    2525 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    In America that would be a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
    2553 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    American building inspectors would never let this pass through.
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
    3901 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 5:24 pm
    C`mon! What could possibly go wrong?
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    comp_wizard Male 18-29
    194 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm
    It`s not really an elevator--from both a functional and an engineering standpoint, it`s more of an oddly-shaped escalator. The building surely has real elevators elsewhere to handle people with wheelchairs, strollers, etc.
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    weeray Male 18-29
    141 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 6:29 pm
    Looks like a lot of fun
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    DFWBrysco Male 40-49
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    October 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm
    Oh geez... I can`t believe that no one commenting so far has never seen these before - it is one of the oldest styles of elevators that exist, dating back to late 1880s and is called a Paternoster.

    Not ever very popular in the US, but were very common across Europe especially in public buildings - they are a bunch of boxes (the cabs) chained together - at the top for the "up" side, the box flips over and starts down for the down side; vice-versa at the bottom.

    Much more efficient than a standard elevator, as service to each floor is more or less instantaneous... however, they are slightly more dangerous than a standard elevator as there is high risk entering and exiting the cabs, as well as not getting off in time and getting "flipped" when the cab moves to the other direction.

    I remember these all over Germany and the UK when I was a kid... don`t think they are installed anymore.
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    chicagojay Male 40-49
    2018 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm
    Enter that with a stroller or on crutches or wheelchair
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    chalket Male 50-59
    2705 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm
    DFWBrysco: Really? How can you sound so smart then somehow decide the box must flip at the top and bottom? That would just be insane! Riding from one side to the other is called doing an "up-and-over."

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    thelonious Male 40-49
    3271 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm
    That`s an escalator speed elevator. Probably wont cause as many problems as expected but, it`s a mofo escalator speed elevator.
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    Fwoggie2 Male 30-39
    1803 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm
    It`s called a Paternoster. They`re quite rare now. There`s one in the Sheffield Uni tower in the UK. Search for it on youtube, it`s full of giggling students trying it out for the first time.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
    7700 posts
    October 25, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    I can see the old people queueing up to make fools of themselves.
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    Dr_Sexy Male 30-39
    1597 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 3:50 am
    I had a nightmare that looked like this once
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    Vimto Male 40-49
    2849 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 5:15 am
    "I had a nightmare that looked like this once"

    Certainly looks like something from one of the hellraiser films.
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    Kain1 Male 18-29
    1473 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 5:41 am
    we have one of those in the danish parliament building..
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    testtickle Male 18-29
    39 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 5:49 am
    What happens if you don`t get off the elevator at the bottom?
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    irunfast86 Male 18-29
    401 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 6:17 am
    from the looks of it the individual modules aren`t collapsible so my guess is you would get to the first floor, slid to the right and go up again.
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    TheOrigin Male 18-29
    500 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 7:14 am
    Oooooh, haven`t seen one of these since I was a kid. Public buildings were full of them back in the days, the building my dad used to work in had a set..

    ...aaand I was scared pooless of them back then as a five year old kid.
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    burbclaver Male 50-59
    878 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 7:54 am
    As mentioned, it doesn`t flip you upside down, it just takes you around to the other side. I think they turned out to be high maintenance, slow, and dangerous.Service may be instantaneous, but it takes a long time to get anywhere, so is mostly suitable for hops between adjacent floors. Here is the Sheffield University seen from a rider`s viewpoint. You can see that regular elevators are also installed.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
    2856 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 8:21 am
    an elevator that works ALL the time? that sound like a waste of energy, and a bad concept little energy tho, huge bad concept
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    LordJim Male 60-69
    6250 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 9:58 am
    Yes, paternoster. They had one in Newcatle University back when I was a student. Closed it after a (non-fatal) accident.
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    Bealzebubble Male 18-29
    352 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    In the building I work in we have a regular lift that has only two levels about 30cm apart. Seriously it`s like three steps. It`s required due to access rules in the country I live in.
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    avail9988 Male 18-29
    700 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm
    What could possibly go wrong..
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    CreamK Male 40-49
    1423 posts
    October 26, 2012 at 6:36 pm
    And there`s one in the Finnish Parliament building.. It`s a sort of inbuilt IQ test..
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    Adcro Male 18-29
    369 posts
    October 27, 2012 at 2:12 am
    These are how the first lifts/elevators worked. They seem insanely dangerous!

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