The True Purpose of Mirror in Elevators

The True Purpose of Mirror in Elevators


How often do you take elevator selfies? After all, that’s what the mirrors inside
them are for, right? Or could it be for safety and monitoring reasons? Or maybe they are hiding some secret parts
of the elevator you aren’t supposed to see? The Rise and Fall of the Elevator Empire – it’s
What’s Up Today. Oh, and watch your step getting in. 1. The great grandfather of today’s elevator
was designed by legendary ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes himself! Back around 235 BCE, he built a wooden platform
that went up on ropes in an open shaft. It was used for lifting water or building
materials and powered by men or animals. 2. The Roman Colosseum used to have elevators
and not just one but 24 of them! They transported cages with wild animals inside. It took at least eight people to operate the
elevator properly. All 24 doors had to be opened simultaneously
to let 100 lions in the arena at the same time. And then I guess they had lunch or something… 3. The first public passenger elevator was installed
in 1857 in a department store in New York City. It was manufactured by the Otis Brothers and
was steam-powered. Even though it was super slow compared to
today’s machines, it seemed like a real miracle to the public back then. Otis managed to calm people’s fears as many
were afraid it would free fall when going down. Woo hoo! Just kidding! 4. Back in the 19th and early 20th centuries,
elevators were called movable rooms as they were designed way fancier than many apartments
today. They had chandeliers, expensive furniture,
and carpeting. Passengers would sit down and enjoy the ride. Maybe that somehow has to do with those mirrors
inside the cabins? Just, fancy decoration? I think we need more facts to be sure. 5. If you dream of living in a penthouse but
can’t afford it just yet, here’s one comforting thought. The upper floors have become so prestigious
and luxurious only recently in history, and it happened thanks to elevators. Before that, only servants and low-rent tenants
lived there as they had to climb too many stairs. With elevators, the rich made it to the top
floors, loved the views, and stayed there. 6. These days, over 325 million passengers go
up and down in an elevator every day across the world. The average person travels in that moving
cabin 4 times per day. Hmm, do you? 7. Out of all those 325 million, not everyone
is equally brave and excited about taking the elevator. Okay, maybe it’s not that bad now, but back
in the 1920’s when modern-type elevators were becoming more and more popular, a lot
of people were anxious about going for a ride. Hotels, stores, and office buildings came
up with a solution – they started playing calming music inside. Today, this music still plays in many places
as a tribute to the past. Now that rings the bell – maybe the mirrors
are there for the same purpose? They do have a calming effect on me…except
when I’m having a bad hair day. Eek! I feel like the truth is out there, closer
and closer. 8. To calm down those who believe in spilled
salt, black cats, but mostly the unlucky number 13, a lot of buildings don’t have a 13th
floor. So it’s no wonder around 85% of elevators
installed by the Otis Elevators Company in the US don’t have a button with that number. I guess mirrors wouldn’t please the superstitious… So what’s with them anyway? 9. A lot of elevators around the world are decorated
with mirrors. It turns out they aren’t there for safety
reasons, but to keep you busy as you move between the floors. When your mind is occupied with something,
for example wondering if that’s a grey hair you see, or is your left eye slightly bigger
than the right one, the journey seems way shorter. These days, businesses also take advantage
of everyone’s love for selfies and sometimes add fun drawings or quotes on the mirrors. When you share those photos online, you’re
offering free advertisement. The less selfish reason mirrors are used is
to calm down people with claustrophobia. A room with mirrors always appears more spacious
than it actually is. 10. Are you one of those people who always push
the “close” button to make the elevator doors shut faster? Let me know in the comments below! If that’s the case, I have some news for
you – this button is nothing but a placebo. It only makes you think you can control the
ride and make things go faster. 11. Another elevator placebo is repeatedly pushing
the call button. Word to the wise: it doesn’t matter if you
pushed it once or a thousand times, the elevator will still arrive at the same speed. So one call is enough. 12. Though more people are afraid of getting in
an elevator than getting in a car, the elevator is a much safer means of transportation and
statistically the safest way to travel! In fact, they are 20 times safer than their
closest relatives escalators. The only time when you shouldn’t use an
elevator is a fire or an earthquake, or when your friend is coming back from lunch with
a bad case of gas. 13. From time to time, elevators do get stuck. This can happen for many reasons, from power
outages to equipment failure. Remember one thing: it’s no reason to panic! The idea is simple: an elevator stops to prevent
you from getting into trouble. When something is wrong in the shaft or the
machine, and there’s even the slightest danger, stopping is the best solution. Chances of that happening are approximately
1 in 5,000. 14. If you do get stuck in an elevator, don’t
try to escape by yourself. Use the emergency button to contact the operator
and wait for someone to come and rescue you. It’s a good idea to be polite with people
on the other end of the line – it’s unlikely their fault you got stuck, so yelling at them
won’t make them work any faster. (You don’t want to drop to the bottom of
their to-do list!) It should take less than an hour anyway. If you are fearful that you’ll run out of
air while waiting for help – don’t worry, the cabin is not airtight. If you just can’t stand the idea of being
trapped even for a few minutes, avoid overstuffed elevators and don’t keep your carry-ons
close to the doors. 15. Here’s easily the most comforting fact on
the list for anyone who still has any doubts about the safety of elevators: even if some
of the cables fail for some reason, one will be enough to hold the construction! Any elevator car has between 6 and 8 steel
cables strong enough to hold it. There are also super-efficient brakes under
the car that will slow the cabin down in case of emergency (that’s highly unlikely to
happen) so there won’t be any sudden abrupt falls. For even more safety, there are brakes above
the car and weights on the opposite sides of the cables. If the elevator isn’t fully loaded and something
goes wrong, the counterweights will make it go up and not down. 16. Some elevators are more interesting than others. Or rather, give you a better view. Like the Bailong Elevator, for example – what
you can see from this outdoor elevator is definitely worth a trip to China. Or the iconic Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas where
the elevators travel at a 39-degree angle. At the Gateway Arch in St. Louis it’s even
more unusual as it moves along the arch! One of the oldest elevators in the world,
Lacerda in Salvador, is a legit means of city public transport and moves around 30,000 people
per day. And now, here comes a fun bonus, a riddle
for all elevator fans out there! Imagine this: you work as an elevator operator
in a 36-story building. 9 people get in on the 1st floor. When you stop on the 12th floor, 7 people
get on and 1 person gets off. On the 16th floor, 11 people get off and 5
new passengers get on. On the 20th floor, the operator pushes the
wrong button and the elevator gets stuck. Now, the questions is:
What color shirt is the elevator operator wearing? I’ll give you 10 seconds to think it over. Time’s up. The correct answer is: well, I guess you have
to look in one of those elevator mirrors to find it out because it’s whatever color
shirt you’re wearing. I asked you to imagine you’re that elevator
operator, right? Hey, put that brink down, I’m just messing
with you! Ah, the ups and downs of this job! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think
you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!

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