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(Laughing Squid)   Willy Wonka's vertical horizontal elevator in real life   ( divider line
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2021-10-05 10:16:34 PM  
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2021-10-05 10:54:18 PM  
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2021-10-06 3:22:49 AM  
The elevators in the Alexandria VA Masonic temple don't go straight up and down.

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The association also began work on its first elevator. The Otis Elevator Company was awarded this contract on October 23, 1947. Designed to fit into the southeast stairwell, the company overcame the 7.5 degree incline of the stairwell by putting wheels on one side of the elevator car to keep it vertical.[129]

To avoid piercing the second floor's memorial hall, the elevators slanted inward at 7.5 degrees.[9][136][139] They were 61 feet (19 m) apart on the first floor, but only 4.5 feet (1.4 m) apart at the observation deck.[136] They were the only slanting elevators in the world when installed,[136] and the motors for them had to be passed up through the shafts in order to get them to the roof.
2021-10-06 3:44:41 AM  
Tom Scott's video channel is pretty fun. Check out his video on the gravity-powered ropeway, or the "this video has X views".
2021-10-06 7:07:41 AM  
When I was young I had a semi-obsession with designing better elevators.  Then the Internet came along and it became easy to discover that it had all been done before - including things far more efficient in terms of capacity and flexibility than the elevator in this article - and never caught on because of insurance or maintenance requirements set relative to the incredible safety records of traditional elevators.
2021-10-06 6:12:53 PM  

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Huh.  So thats what glory holes are like in the future
2021-10-06 8:13:26 PM  
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