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Down Buttons

From "The Lives of Elevators" in the New Yorker.

In most elevators, at least in any built or installed since the early nineties, the door-close button doesn't work. It is there mainly to make you think it works. (It does work if, say, a fireman needs to take control. But you need a key, and a fire, to do that.) Once you know this, it can be illuminating to watch people compulsively press the door-close button.


I once read a funny little snippet of prose that hypothesized a virus that was spread only amongst Type A personalities by way of the Door Close buttons in elevators. tchk-tchk-tchk-tchk-tchk-tchk-tchk

posted by Eric at 9:02 PM on April 28, 2008

Good stuff, but jesus christ are all New Yorker stories this long?

posted by Chris at 12:04 PM on April 29, 2008

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