The Taipei 101 has the fastest elevators in the world, which whisk passengers from the 5th floor to the 89th floor observation deck at a top speed of 37.7 MPH. The trip only takes 37-seconds. The elevators feature triple-stage anti-overshooting systems and high-tech emergency brake systems, but are still scary as hell. I just don't like the idea of being shot out the top of a building at 40 MPH. I'll stick to the stairs -- I need the exercise and it's embarrassing when you pee your pants in front of people.
A video after the break, which is just a monitor showing how fast the elevator is dropping.
This is a video from National Geographic of cheetahs running in super slow motion. Cheetahs, as I'm sure you're aware, are the fastest land animal and can reach speeds up to 112 - 120 km/h (~70-75MPH). Plus accelerate from 0 - 100km/h (~62MPH) in less than three seconds. Tha... / Continue →
In 'terrifying if you have to work in it after it's constructed' news, China is planning on building the world's tallest building in only three months. The 220-story skyscraper, named Sky City, is being built by the same company (Broad Sustaining Building) that built this 30-s... / Continue →
Seen here giving the camera their best serious but cool, MIT researchers Andreas Velten and Ramesh Raskar pose in front of a Coke bottle filled with highlighter fluid or something. I don't know, physics and I don't always get along. That's how I'm able to levitate. Just kidd... / Continue →