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Photo of the day: Hebrew elevator

Okay, so this isn’t really a Hebrew elevator. It’s in a building in San Francisco, actually the offices of Cooper Design. I took a course there two years ago and found these buttons to be so ridiculous I just had to take a pic.

I call it a Hebrew elevator because the numbers are laid out from right to left. Did you notice that?

Could this possibly have not been an accident? What purpose would there be for arranging the floors this way? Any ideas?

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  • rosswhiting

    Superstitiously Hebrew

  • http://relationship-digest.com/ bobbyboy

    Maybe they realized that they installed it upside down and just turned the numbers around? lol

  • http://nataliejost.com Natalie Jost

    I'm more concerned about what happened to floors 3-12!!!

    • http://www.whitneyhess.com/blog Whitney Hess

      Haha, multiple elevator banks in the building!

  • BruceEsrig

    Seems better as a mystery.

    Reminds me of the Fine Hall elevator prank, in which one or more enterprising students rearranged three floors in the tower by re-wiring the elevator. They also moved the directory information cards posted on each floor.

    A professor would go to their door, try the key, have it not work, check the directory, see their name, and believe that they were on the right floor. Then they would go back down to the office, get an explanation, and go on with their day.

  • http://petewilliams.info/blog Pete Williams

    What's the score with the lower floors? Or is 12 floors considered the limit of walking…?

    • http://www.whitneyhess.com/blog Whitney Hess

      Not unusual to see that in a building with multiple elevator banks, each serving a different subset of floors.

  • http://www.mindspring.com/~dbholzel/1001.html David

    Yuk yuk yuk.
    or should I say יק יק יק

  • http://red66.com cgranier

    Even more strange is that there's a 13th Floor!!!! Have you visited it?

    • http://www.whitneyhess.com/blog Whitney Hess

      I've seen a 13th floor in lots of places — even my apartment building. Seems silly not to note it — just means those on the 14th floor are really on the 13rd ;)

      • http://red66.com cgranier

        Exactly! I've never really understood why they “hide” the 13th floors.

        Where you at FOWA?

  • David Lumerman

    I guess I'm not the only one obsessed with elevators:
    http://tinyurl.com/elevatorusability

  • Gil Luchter

    My question: is any disclaimer attached to *1 floor?