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If you’re ever in a rush, and you’re taking an elevator and don’t want to be forced to stop for other people, try this intriguing elevator hack. Apparently it’s possible to totally 0wnz0r the machine, as TheDamnBlog.com reports:

The designers of some elevators include a hidden feature that is very handy if you’re in a hurry or it’s a busy time in the building (like check-out time in a hotel). While some elevators require a key, others can be put into “Express” mode by pressing the “Door Close” and “Floor” buttons at the same time. This sweeps the car to the floor of your choice and avoids stops at any other floor.

This reminds of Colson Whitehead’s superb novel The Intuitionist, which is about elevator repairpeople, and contains reams of amazing trivia about elevators. There’s an excerpt here on Salon.

(Thanks to Gizmodo for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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