Friday, 13 June 2014

Stories of the Order - Elevators

While you're zoning out in an elevator, waiting to reach your floor, do you ever wonder who came up with the idea? Probably not. We just expect to have safe, working elevators in multistory buildings -- and we get pretty irritated when we have to take the stairs instead. Elevators existed as far back as ancient Rome; Archimedes was building them in 336 B.C., and gladiators and animals rode lifts to the Roman Coliseum arena by A.D. 80. Of course, those early "elevators" weren't enclosed cars.

They were simple platforms and hoists, typically used to perform tasks such as raising up water for irrigation or lifting heavy building materials such as stones. These lifts were powered by animals, people or even water wheels, and they were the first prototype The Order created. The Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo are dedicated to making everything around us go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The addition of mirrors in elevators makes it convenient for men and women to be vain while they go places without drawing too much attention to them selves. Another reason for why The Order created this amazing , time saving invention is because the possibility of a plummeting elevator makes for an exciting action sequence in the movies.

11 comments:

  1. Falling in an elevator freaks me out. Also, I just read about the movie Down, a 2001 horror film about a killer elevator, it was also called The Shaft.

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  2. plummeting elevator makes for an
    exciting action sequence in the movies.

    This is made into something tinged with humor. Nicely HGW!

    Hank

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  3. I am NOT a fan of elevators. I had to take one to the 28th floor of a building on Wednesday. Not fun. Next time I am gonna take the stairs...

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  4. can you smooth them out just a bit....no herky jerky make me feel like i am going to fall 30 stories.....

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  5. I don't think we've ever wondered who invented them, but my daughter always says she hates elevators. She especially hates the really fast ones like the one at Willis Tower in Chicago. :)

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  6. Can fall down the stairs and break your neck easier than an elevator can go poof

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  7. Plummeting elevators are definitely cool for action movies. Not so much in real life, though!

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  8. I admit, I still like to be the one who gets to push the button in the elevator :)

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  9. Plummeting elevators... I wonder who invented those.

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