After a series of technical articles on the elevators and its technology, it’s time to read some fun facts and trivia about one of the world’s oldest machines – Elevators! There is a long history and many facts and amazing trivia related to elevators that can amuse us. This article aims to take its readers on a fun filled learning ride high up.
History behind the elevators
- It is believed that the world's first elevator was built by Archimedes, the famous mathematician of Greece in 236 BC.
- He built his elevator with weights, wrenches and ropes which became the basic principle for future inventions.
- In 1743, an elevator referred to as "flying chair" was commissioned by King Louis XV in his palace at Versailles, France.
- The first safety system for elevators was developed by Elisha Otis in 1852.
- He demonstrated the working principles of the safety system in a rather dramatic fashion at a New York building.
- The self- locking door of the elevator was also introduced in 1854 by Otis.
- These two safety features paved way for the advanced safety requirements of the modern-day elevators.
Fun Facts and Trivia
- The Statue of Unity in Gujarat stands at 182 metres (597 ft) high and has 10 high speed (4 metres per second (13 ft/s)) elevators going up to a viewing gallery at 153 metres (502 ft) high.
- Elevators are statistically safer than walking on the road.
- In 2018, global demand for elevators came to approximately 90 billion U.S. dollars.
- Calming music was introduced in the elevators in the year 1920s to help the anxious passengers relax.
- On an average, each elevator user makes 4 elevator trips in a day.
- The close button in the elevator does not close the door faster.