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Old December 29th, 2014, 01:13 AM   #29621
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A very dangerous lift in Czech Rep., apparently there used to be more than 2.000 of those in the country (czechoslovakia) back in communist days
Those elevators were installed throghout the world between the 1930s and the 1960s. There are few left.
Here in Vienna university.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 01:16 AM   #29622
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I don't get it
They called him "maricon" (Spanish for ******) and he though it was something like "merry cone".
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 02:03 AM   #29623
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Those elevators were installed throghout the world between the 1930s and the 1960s. There are few left.
Here in Vienna university.
what happens if you don't step out at the lowest or the highest floor?
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Old December 29th, 2014, 05:20 AM   #29624
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it just rolls around sideways, there is extra "space" above and below, and the platform just moves to the side, so if you reach the top, you shift to the other side and go downwards. So not as dangerous as appears at first sight...

I can't stress how convenient these are! So much better than the standard waiting for ever... I'm in my 20's so don't care much about safety (funny that )
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Old December 29th, 2014, 08:54 AM   #29625
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It is not as dangerous as it seems. Each cabin is equipped with a very sensitive bar above as well as each doorstep. The whole system stops if any bar is moved. There is no chance for individual to get stuck or being tore up there.

However it really Is uncomfortable to get on or off that.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:07 AM   #29626
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Nowadays modern elevators are not expensive anymore so they should all be replaced with safe and comfortable ones. A quality elevator for 3 levels costs between 10-30 k€ (without shafts). Also I'm sure that those antique elevators are not suitable for disabled persons.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:23 AM   #29627
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Also I'm sure that those antique elevators are not suitable for disabled persons.
And also parents with baby strolls, and people with the slightest leg/ankle injury.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 11:55 AM   #29628
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Those elevators were installed throghout the world between the 1930s and the 1960s. There are few left.
Here in Vienna university.
It's called a paternoster lift. They're not fool-proof and accidents have happened. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternoster
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Old December 29th, 2014, 01:56 PM   #29629
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Old December 29th, 2014, 02:12 PM   #29630
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Nowadays modern elevators are not expensive anymore so they should all be replaced with safe and comfortable ones. A quality elevator for 3 levels costs between 10-30 k€ (without shafts). Also I'm sure that those antique elevators are not suitable for disabled persons.
I think that one of the last ones that I saw working was at the city hall at Prague 1. I also think that they had a normal elevetor next to it.

I am not sure if they might be "protected" in some buildings, anyway, it gave interesting "Kafka" and first republic feel to the place, I would certainly keep at least few, just for the sentiment.

Indeed, it is a "technical monument" there. It was build in 1930. They just reconstructed it in 2012. There are two normal elevators next to it.



I am not sure if there is any place that those would be in operation while there would not be a normal elevator present.

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Old December 29th, 2014, 02:25 PM   #29631
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A very dangerous lift in Czech Rep., apparently there used to be more than 2.000 of those in the country (czechoslovakia) back in communist days

It is not dangerous at all for normal people. We have three of them at my workplace and I can honestly say that many times I forgot to step out at the last floor, so I had to do the turn through the roof

They can't be used by disabled and are considered as risky because of their movement, so they are not alowed anymore in new buildings. But it won't harm you - it has safety equipment that stops it in case of a problem. Visit me at the czech MoT if you wanna try it
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Old December 29th, 2014, 06:35 PM   #29632
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Something to play with!

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Old December 29th, 2014, 07:38 PM   #29633
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I'm slowly starting to hate Google Maps. If you make a driving direction (A to B) and want to change the route by moving the white spot, lately it picks up every little local road instead of giving priority to motorways and main roads (unless you drop the spot directly on the motorway, but then you can't be sure it actually landed on it if you don't zoom in).
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Old December 29th, 2014, 07:46 PM   #29634
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Real maps are where it's at.

(Actually, I like GMaps for very detailed things...like when I'm choosing a place to stay and want to know what's around it. But I had the same trouble...I wanted to post a road trip report from my vacation in October, but getting the route to display properly was too frustrating.)
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Old December 29th, 2014, 08:35 PM   #29635
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Heck, it even lists my hometown! But then, I miss Υεσκα, Уэска, وشقة, אואסקה, and 韦斯卡 .
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Old December 29th, 2014, 08:41 PM   #29636
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You're not gonna start with languages again?
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Old December 29th, 2014, 08:57 PM   #29637
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This is Roadside Rest. Nearly nothing's off-topic. Anglo-Dutch-Austrian van drivers and the like are perfectly free to change the subject at any time. ;-)

Or to visit International Border Crossings and complain about it there.
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Old December 29th, 2014, 09:04 PM   #29638
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Real maps are where it's at.

(Actually, I like GMaps for very detailed things...like when I'm choosing a place to stay and want to know what's around it. But I had the same trouble...I wanted to post a road trip report from my vacation in October, but getting the route to display properly was too frustrating.)
GMaps is still top, but I think it used to be much better in past. The unfortunate transition to new layout last year killed it all.
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I figured out we use them only in terms of food names I am a small fan of linguistics and most of people I've talked about it to had no clue the exact name of food is related to an exonym of a foreign city name.

The most notable examples are Szegedi Goulash (Segedínsky guláš), Linz's Cakes (Linecké koláče - btw. amusing that the German translation is Mürbeteig, so nothing to do with Linz) and Cluj's Cabbage (Koložvárska kapusta).

I still wonder why was the particular dish named after the certain city or country, especially if the original citizens of the certain city or country have no clue about it
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Old December 29th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #29640
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What about Viedenský rezeň?
We call it the same.
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