Thursday, January 29, 2009

Trapped in an elevator for 41 minutes

Last April there was an article in the New Yorker (which was extensively forwarded around the Intertubes) about a guy who was trapped in an elevator for 41 hours.  They even shared the video from the elevator's security camera:
On Tuesday, after a quantum mechanics lecture, I got stuck in an elevator for 41 minutes with two other students.  Since I had a cell phone, I was able to call CCNY security and we eventually got out.  But it says something about physics students that most of the time we were stuck in the elevator there was complete adherence to standard elevator etiquette: no conversation, just awkward staring at the walls.


  1. Several important questions immediately come to mind:
    1.Was annoying music playing the entire time?
    2.What's your utube link?
    3.41 minutes, 41 hours. Coincidence - or some weird elevator conspiracy?
    4.Did you face the back or the front?

  2. from the new yorker article . . . interesting!
    "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."