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Going up

Everything you ever wanted to know about elevators is now collected in one magazine article, which includes one of the best arguments against high rise public housing projects I’ve ever read:

Loading up an empty elevator car with discarded Christmas trees, pressing the button for the top floor, then throwing in a match, so that by the time the car reaches the top it is ablaze with heat so intense that the alloy (called “babbitt”) connecting the cables to the car melts, and the car, a fireball now, plunges into the pit: this practice, apparently popular in New York City housing projects, is inadvisable.

Terrifying if true, though I can’t help but suspect that the word “apparently” was inserted by an exasperated member of the fact-checking staff.

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