The sideways elevator of the future is here, and it’s wild

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People laughed when ThyssenKrupp, a company synonymous with elevators, announced it was developing one that goes every which way. Who’d ever heard of such a thing? Everyone knows elevators go just two directions: Up and down. Some took to calling it the Wonkavator, after Willy Wonka’s wacky lift that goes sideways, slantways, and longways.

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How tall will physics allow us to build skyscrapers?

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Architects will find out if the tallest building in America really is 1,776 feet tall, in a few weeks. One World Trade Center technically soars to that height, but about 408 feet of it isn’t building but “spire.” The arbiter of tall buildings, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, has yet to decide whether that’s going to count.

 

 

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8 amazing elevator rides you need to see to believe

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The elevator at the AquaDom in Berlin travels up the middle of the 82-foot tall aquarium.

To ride an elevator it usually just involves pushing a button and zoning out until the ding for your floor. Pay attention on these elevators or risk missing out on one of the most thrilling rides of your life (even if it only lasts 30 seconds). From climbing to a scenic overlook in rural China to an ascent up an American icon, these vertical feats of engineering are about way more than getting from point A to point B. (Pics)

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