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Fri 15 Oct 2004

The lift that wouldn't stop

Category : NUS

The lifts that lead to the Raffles Museum and the Science Library ("the Science Library lift") have been a pretty well behaved pair for the past 17 years. Used to symmetry in our factory-style buildings in NUS, it took us awhile to realise the lift on the left is narrower. It's this smaller lift that went nuts once.

Sometime in the early 90's, we got in to this lift and hit the 4th floor button. To our shock, it accelerated upwards at light speed forcing us to clutch the sides. When the doors popped open, we were at the 5th floor! Foolishly we hit the 4th floor button for the Science Library. The door closed, and our knees sagged as the lift sped away, this time hurtling down!

Thankfully the brakes worked and the lift came to a halt on ground floor. We staggered out, laughing nervously and advising the waiting crowd that this was the express lift to the 5th floor, with no stops in between. They must have thought we were joking for they got in. We held out breath and sure enough, they staggered out seconds later, having but caught a glimpse of the fifth floor!

We all walked up that day.

See also Eskie's "conduit between heaven and... science library and Chen Kee's "Lifty Experience".

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