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Pardon me, but will this train take me to the elevators? Images from SoraNews24

Tokyo-based English-language news blog SoraNews24 prides itself on finding “fun, weird, and intriguing news” from Japan and Asia, and we have to agree that these elevators meet all of those criteria. In a recent blog post, the author recounts the adventure of “Mr. Sato” as he left a train and made his way to a newly opened Bic Camera electronics store in Tokyo. He followed directional signs to the elevators, but at first thought he was lost at the sight of these lifts brilliantly disguised as train car entrances. We’ve seen some clever ideas before, and this one is right up there with the best. So, what do you think would be a cool elevator design?

The elevator cars’ interior design keeps up the illusion.

ECNY Supplier Showcase Fun: Hand-Rolled Cigars and Some Very Happy Suppliers

Your author just got back from yet-another wonderful edition of the Elevator Conference of New York’s (ECNY) Supplier Showcase at the lovely Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx. Bobby “Bobby Dee” Defrancesco of Benfield Electric Supply conceived the showcase several decades ago and it’s been going strong, and getting stronger, ever since. There are well over 100 suppliers, thousands of attendees and a significant waiting list of suppliers — not only US-based, but from all over the world.

Silvain Mongrain of Mongrain Vertical Transport always hands out hand-rolled cigars at the showcase, but this year (as he has done on occasion) he offered something very special: cigars being rolled live in person by a professional. Everyone was in high spirits throughout the event, as evidenced by the below picture of the Peelle team.

Riot Grrrl? Zoot Suit Riot? California Removes “Riot” Buttons That Freaked Out, Bewildered Elevator Passengers

They were there, then “poof!” They were gone. I’m talking about elevator buttons above the regular floor buttons spelling out the word “RIOT” in all caps in a government building in downtown Sacramento, California. The buttons left building occupants, many of them state employees, baffled and “freaked out,” according to one worker, CBS local news was among news outlets to report. The buttons have since been covered up by round, blue stickers, and a state spokesperson says installing the RIOT buttons was an “error in judgement.” Intended to indicate an emergency scenario, such as a riot, the buttons will be replaced this week with regular, illuminated buttons that have no words.

Despite potentially serious connotations, the word “riot” is a fun one, bringing to my mind, at least, several bands, including this, this and this.

I would love to know what company manufactured the “RIOT”

What the?? RIOT button in the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Building; photo from CBS News

buttons, and, better yet, have one as a collector’s item. If anyone knows, please get in touch with me at kaija@elevatorworld.com!

A documentary about the Riot Grrrl movement; image from YouTube