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Do escalators really chop your feet off?
« on: 01/10/2008 14:35:46 »
Is it true that if you don't jump over the end of an escalator, it will either chop your feet off, or you will get trapped in them and die? I don't fancy trying this out to prove a point.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 01/10/2008 15:02:45 »
I can tell you from experience, no. My Mrs is always forgeting to walk off at the end of the escalator, it usually results in simply making a fool of herself and knocking me flying.

Defeat staired us in de face, so did de toes and de ankles.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 01/10/2008 16:38:40 »
Children's appendages are small enough to be trapped in (and removed by) escalators.

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The mean age of children who were injured in this study was 6.5 years, and more than half (53.4%) of patients were male. Children who were younger than 5 years had the highest number of estimated injuries, as well as the highest average annual rate of injury, compared with other age groups.
Ninety-seven percent of patients were treated and released from the ED. Injuries that required admittance to the hospital (same facility as ED visit) most often were a fracture or a dislocation (33.9%), amputation/avulsion (27.0%), and laceration (20.0%). Of patients who were held for observation, all received a diagnosis of an amputation/avulsion injury.
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/118/2/e279

So about 1% of the children in this study who were injured on an escalator had lost a body part as a result.
« Last Edit: 01/10/2008 16:44:16 by RD »
 

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« Reply #3 on: 01/10/2008 19:11:50 »
I used to have nightmares about this when I was four. I used to get pulled through into mince meat and end up in a monsters sandwich. The monster lived under the escalator. I had a very vivid imagination.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 01/10/2008 20:24:15 »
When you get an up escalator and a down escalator side by side, why do they have two separate motors?

It would be better to harness the energy from the people going down to assist the people going up.


In shopping centers, people seem to lose the ability to walk up and down stairs but prefer to stand still...why? A good trick to get them to move is to stand on the step right behind them, to close for comfort, they will take a step forward so, if you do the same they will take another and before you know it, everybody is walking.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 01/10/2008 22:32:29 »
Get some therapy!!!!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 01/10/2008 23:33:23 »
another good trick is to stop walking when you get off the escalator. I often think, 'if you lot can't walk on the escalator, then why should I walk when the ride comes to and end'. If people forget how to climb stairs then I can forget how to walk as people pile into the back of me with nowhere to go. I love Christmas shopping.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 02/10/2008 11:21:33 »
another good trick is to stop walking when you get off the escalator. I often think, 'if you lot can't walk on the escalator, then why should I walk when the ride comes to and end'. If people forget how to climb stairs then I can forget how to walk as people pile into the back of me with nowhere to go. I love Christmas shopping.

Turnipsock I might try that trick next time that I have to use the london underground's escalotors. nice idea. I will tell what happens. LOL LOL LOL
 

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« Reply #8 on: 02/10/2008 13:02:23 »

Turnipsock I might try that trick next time that I have to use the london underground's escalotors. nice idea. I will tell what happens. LOL LOL LOL

The Undreground is the best place for travelling on escalators, standing on the right, walking on the left...I wish more places would do this.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 02/10/2008 18:14:40 »
another good trick is to stop walking when you get off the escalator. I often think, 'if you lot can't walk on the escalator, then why should I walk when the ride comes to and end'. If people forget how to climb stairs then I can forget how to walk as people pile into the back of me with nowhere to go. I love Christmas shopping.
I tend to carry my car key in "poke up the bum mode" for just such occasions so beware Turnie!
 

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« Reply #10 on: 02/10/2008 19:15:46 »

Turnipsock I might try that trick next time that I have to use the london underground's escalotors. nice idea. I will tell what happens. LOL LOL LOL
Good point, but when I lived in London it seemed that nobody had explained this to the tourists (particularly the American ones I found- and they didn't have the excuse that they couldn't read the signs)

Anyway, modern escalators don't have anywher that can trap limbs so how do people lose bits?

The Undreground is the best place for travelling on escalators, standing on the right, walking on the left...I wish more places would do this.
 

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« Reply #11 on: 02/10/2008 19:21:17 »
What nonsense of course it will not
 

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« Reply #12 on: 02/10/2008 19:31:21 »
Escalators have been known to strangle people with their clothing.
« Last Edit: 02/10/2008 19:36:42 by RD »
 

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« Reply #13 on: 02/10/2008 22:32:14 »
Surely you would have to be lying down to do that or am I missing something?
 

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