World's Shortest Escalator: YouTube Video Claims Guiness World Record [Watch Here]
on Jan 03, 2013 05:53 PM EST
A video of the "world's shortest escalator" posted to YouTube is going viral with more than 500,000 views in one day but the world record it claims to have does not appear on the Guiness Records Book.
The video features allegedly the "World's shortest escalator" in Kawasaki, Japan, located at a department store called "More's." The person who uploaded the video says that the escalator holds the official Guiness World Record for being the shortest at a vertical rise of only 32.8 inches (83 cms.)
"It's a thing of beauty and magnificence," the video's narrator says. "I rode the escalator seven times and it was a glorious experience," he adds.
"Well that escalated quickly," said a YouTube user on Thursday, as the video's views kept increasing.
Despite all the buzz, Enstars could not confirm that the escalator in fact holds the Guiness World Record. A search for the "shortest escalator" on the Guiness World Records website did not retrieve any information.
Interesting Guiness World Records for "Escalators" include the First escalator in the world held by Jesse W Reno of the United States, the inventor and installer.
The first escalator was installed in 1981 as a pleasure ride at Coney Island, New York with a vertical rise of 7 ft (2.1m). The device was later sold to Otis Elevator Company in 1899 which helped produce the first commercial escalator.
According to the Guiness World Records book, Reno's escalator was more of an "inclined bicycle." See its picture here.
Another similar Guiness World Record for the longest ladder belongs to Thomas Hollerer. The ladder is made of wood and measures 135 ft (41.16 m) long. It was made by the Handwerks Museum, St. Leonhard, Austria and completed in April 2005.
Curious to See the World's Shortest Escalator? Watch Below:
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