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Weird Day

Well, I just managed to get trapped in an elevator by myself for 45-minutes.  They just got me out.  The good news:  I was bringing my lunch to the office, so I just sat on the floor and ate until they got me out.  I think that my biorhythms may be on a low today, so I may just call it a day before I get hit by a bus or something.

Posted on April 25, 2008 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

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I was trapped one time on an elevator with a group of other people for about 20 minutes--on the 59th floor! After a while women started freaking out, and the elevator company was asking for our names over the intercom (for insurance purposes?). Eventually, we pried the doors open, and luckily it was not in between floors, and we just walked out.

To this day, I wonder where the elevator maintenance workers were, I know they employed on-site workers because there are so many elevators in that skyscraper.

Posted by: GU | Apr 25, 2008 11:05:19 AM

Hitchcock Hall at Ohio State University has an elevator that stops working a few times a year. It sometimes stops between floors with people aboard. It mostly happens during the winter. This has been going on for at least 33 years. The repair people of several different elevator companies have never been able to fix it.

Posted by: Bob S | Apr 25, 2008 12:41:32 PM

Saw an article the other day--guy trapped for 42 hours.

I get twitchy just thinking about it. (I've noticed my claustrophobia getting worse as I get old.)

You have all the sympathy in the world.

Posted by: Larry Sheldon | Apr 25, 2008 12:45:55 PM

I was trapped in an NYC 5-floor building for 45 minutes at lunchtime (I had already eaten my lunch). It had stopped between floor 2 and 3. I too sat on the floor but wondered if I should have stood up in case it plummeted down and I needed to jump up at the point of impact. I had no newspaper or anything. The girl at the security desk tried to make me feel better even though I was pretty calm but annoyed. She asked me if I knew any jokes. I asked her if she knew the one about the guy stuck on an elevator. It sure seemed like a very long 45 minutes.

Posted by: ettubloge | Apr 25, 2008 1:04:24 PM

Ettubloge,

"I too sat on the floor but wondered if I should have stood up in case it plummeted down and I needed to jump up at the point of impact."

Would that help in anything other than living two seconds longer?

Posted by: Miklos Hollender | Apr 25, 2008 2:46:52 PM

"Would that help in anything other than living two seconds longer?"

Only if you could jump at the same speed the elevator was falling. :)

So should I look for you on Channel 3 tonight?? :)

Posted by: David, Phoenix, AZ | Apr 25, 2008 2:52:08 PM

"I too sat on the floor but wondered if I should have stood up in case it plummeted down and I needed to jump up at the point of impact."

If you're in a closed elevator, how do you know when impact is going to happen?

But in reality, they covered this one on Mythbusters. If you're trapped in a rapidly falling elevator, you might as well just bend over and kiss your ass goodbye. Jumping won't help.

Posted by: Brad Warbiany | Apr 25, 2008 4:41:53 PM

Mythbusters tackled that in Episode 17:

Episode 17: Elevator of Death, Levitation Machine
Jamie and Adam test their luck in the elevator of death. If an elevator suddenly falls, can you save yourself in the nick of time by jumping just before it hits bottom? Or will this leap of faith have disastrous consequences for Buster? Then, let the competition begin. The MythBusters challenge their imaginations and their building skills as they each try to create a homemade levitation machine. Will their appliances keep them afloat or leave them flat?
premiere: Oct. 6, 2004


It didn’t work.

Posted by: Mesa Econoguy | Apr 25, 2008 4:52:45 PM

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