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Old Yesterday, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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The very worst one of these I remember was in a residential building in the city, back in the '90s, I think. Two women called for help on the intercom because their elevator stopped and the doors opened but the elevator was above the floor leaving only an opening about halfway down by their feet. The building maintenance guy came to help, stuck his head inside the opening to talk to them, and at that moment the elevator started to move, decaptitating the maintenance man and leaving his head inside the moving elevator with the two women. I always wondered if the eyes blinked for a second or if he was still cognizant for a few seconds in some way and they could see it.

You would have had to put me in a soft room for a while with some heavy-duty drugs before I recovered from that.
I can't recall the exact numbers, but I believe it's somewhere around 30 seconds that a head is still "cognizant..."
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Old Yesterday, 01:01 PM
 
Location: southern kansas
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I can't recall the exact numbers, but I believe it's somewhere around 30 seconds that a head is still "cognizant..."
I don't think I want to know how that conclusion was reached.... or the research involved.
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Old Yesterday, 01:06 PM
 
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Jeeze louise that's awful.. But reading the article suggests the elevators have been jacked up for a long time now. They should've been fixed a long time ago. Why was an entire building of residents paying $3.7k a month for one bedroom units OK with riding these death traps?
I dunno, but lately I've had an uneasy feeling about them. Like millions of others, I've always just hopped on in. I read an article about them sealing the roofs so you can't get out now, I think that started my irrational fear.
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Old Yesterday, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I don't think I want to know how that conclusion was reached.... or the research involved.
Maybe 16th-Century London, at the Tower. Legend has it that Anne Boleyn's lips continued to move in prayer after her head was separated from her neck.
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Old Yesterday, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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The building maintenance guy didn't know the proper procedure . You're never supposed to try to get in/out from an elevator that is partially between the floors. Ironically, the safest spot in a malfunctioning elevator is to stay inside and don't be doing any moves. A lot of people also die or get severely injured when they get stuck in an elevator and they try to climb out through the ceiling hatch and then the elevator does the emergency recall to the lobby (all elevators have call button override trigger that just sends them straight down skipping all of the floors, this is also why you aren't supposed to use elevators in a fire, even if you know there is no smoke in the shaft), or somebody on the upper floor calls the elevator up and it starts moving.
Yes, I worked in the WTC for 20 years. Occasionally there was a malfunction and people got stuck inside. Never happened to me, but it did to someone I know. She was in there alone for a while Just sat on the floor and waited.
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Old Yesterday, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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OMG That poor man.
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Old Yesterday, 07:45 PM
 
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Happened in Houston a number of years back at a hospital, took a doctors head off. Poor kid.

That building is going to get sued to death and deservedly so.
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Old Yesterday, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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The very worst one of these I remember was in a residential building in the city, back in the '90s, I think. Two women called for help on the intercom because their elevator stopped and the doors opened but the elevator was above the floor leaving only an opening about halfway down by their feet. The building maintenance guy came to help, stuck his head inside the opening to talk to them, and at that moment the elevator started to move, decaptitating the maintenance man and leaving his head inside the moving elevator with the two women. I always wondered if the eyes blinked for a second or if he was still cognizant for a few seconds in some way and they could see it.

You would have had to put me in a soft room for a while with some heavy-duty drugs before I recovered from that.
Probably. The twitching is unnerving. I haven't seen it, but I've talked to a few people who have.

I haven't liked elevators since the 1970s when I got stuck on one in the Empire State Building for about 20 minutes. You can't not think about the void below.
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Old Yesterday, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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I don't think I want to know how that conclusion was reached.... or the research involved.

It wasn't exactly an uncommon observation by the public, including doctors, in the early days of France's guillotine (though even that wasn't enough to preclude its use there until the late 1970s).
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Old Yesterday, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Central Illinois -
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That has wrongful death lawsuit written all over it.
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