The Enigmatic World-Record-Breaking Escalator
Running faithfully for over 20 years in an unobtrusive and nondescript corner of an average shopping centre in Kawasaki, this world-record-breaking escalator is used by hundreds of people each day.
Yes, certified by the Guinness Book Of Records, this little strip of moving stairs saves people an exhausting downward climb of 834mm – a vertical drop of less than 4 steps – officially the world’s shortest drop!
Is this really necessary, one wonders?
But there’s one more thing which confuses the issue even further and in fact renders the entire installation completely pointless – just take a look at what’s at the bottom of the escalator…
It’s a truly puzzling thing – one wonders why the escalator was ever installed.
Fascinating to watch it in use though, as rather than continue their stride and walk down the escalator (which would require a mere 2 or 3 paces), the vast majority of users actually stopped to stand on it, thereby dramatically reducing their speed for a duration of all of 3 seconds!
And here’s how it looks from a user’s point of view…