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There’s an urban legend that claims you can put most elevators into “express mode,” causing the car to sweep directly to your floor without stopping. Supposedly, all it takes is holding down the “door close” button in combination with the desired floor number (and, perhaps, a slight lack of scruples).

Is this fact or fiction? The hack is rumored to work with most Otis elevators and some other manufacturers’ equipment as well. Testing would require one person to operate an elevator and a second to attempt to interrupt the elevator from another floor. Try this out in a few buildings this week and comment on your results. You don’t have to worry about the scruples — this is purely for research purposes.