Friday, August 12, 2016

Eastern Europe's 'Elevator of Death'

"Paternoster: Eastern Europe's 'Elevator of Death'"
I take a ride on a paternoster, an old school type of elevator consisting of a series of constantly moving "shelves" with open fronts. Passengers just step on and off the revolving "shelves" as they wish. A dozen or so are still in use in Prague -- quite a few, it turns out, throughout Europe. The one I rode in is in the Lucerna Pasaz in central Prague. According to Wikipedia, five people have died in paternosters since 1970. (The title of this video is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, by the way.)