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The Hobbit-Calator?: Check Out the World’s Shortest Escalator

World's Shortest Escalator

I find that size is often relative to your actual size. For example, if you’re about six feet tall, then the World’s Shortest Escalator, which measures less than three feet tall, would look ridiculously tiny from your perspective. Especially since you’d be twice as tall as the escalator itself in the first place.

In case you were wondering, then no, this escalator isn’t something straight from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Rather, it should come as no surprise that this escalator is found in Japan, where all sorts of unexpected things actually exist. The escalator is found in the basement of More’s Department Store in Kawasaki.

Hit the break for a video of the teeny tiny Hobbit-calator!

It’s funny how the commentator says that the escalator as “a thing of beauty and magnificence”, explaining how he rode it seven times and describing it as “a glorious experience.” Somehow it makes me feel like he’s describing another thing entirely.

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  • http://twitter.com/ThatSONYGuy ThatSonyGuy

    theres a smaller one here where live, ill get ya a video.

  • http://twitter.com/marctobolski Marc Tobolski

    Unlikely – nine steps on the staircase next to it. Less than 4″ of rise on each step? As I said, probably closer to 6 feet of vertical.

  • Francis