The Broken Escalator

Have we forgotten how to exercise?

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Comments (38)

(38) Montana, March 29, 2015 11:00 PM

Hilarious XD

I just couldn't stop laughing especially since it looked so plausible. I know people who would do something like that.

(37) Anonymous, November 19, 2010 4:04 AM

cllimb the elavator!!!!!!

(36) Mtatt C., June 19, 2010 7:05 AM


I know it's bogus, but it's so funny!

(35) David, June 16, 2010 7:12 AM

Wow! so clever funny!

HahahHHahh!!!! Funny!!

(34) Vivien, November 9, 2009 10:50 PM

Take the reaction out of this context

How many times do we do this? LOTS! When something breaks down we just buy a new one, when a spouse doesn't shape up to expectations we divorce them. Well some do. When you laugh at this you might just be looking in the mirror.

(33) Anonymous, October 14, 2009 8:55 AM

hello- this has nothing to do with exercise

the original commercial is one about a heart health makeover. The point is we get so stuck in our ways of looking at the world that we have to have a complete heart makeover to finally figure out that we are going about things all wrong and need to start thinking differently in order to go UP!

(32) Chaim, February 19, 2009 5:32 PM

More real than you'd think

This is obviously an exxageration, but I've seen people taking the elavator when it would be faster to take the stairs. People really need to think more about their bodies and less about their desires.

(31) aaron, February 9, 2009 7:52 AM

not happening

This is a bogus topic. this would never happen in real life.

(30) Anonymous, February 3, 2009 12:07 PM

Americans are loosing it

Look at how silly americans are turning out! I mean this video was REALLY FUNNY and i watch it all the time but its so sad that this is actually happening to society.

(29) Anonymous, October 17, 2008 3:06 PM

That was funny

That was a riot. What is going to happen to everyone, we are losing sense.

(28) Siarlys Jenkins, September 12, 2008 7:38 AM

Not in D.C.

This scenario would never happen in DC. The elevators on the Metro system are ALWAYS breaking down, and people are used to walking up or down for days at a time. Although any escalator can run either way, often the working escalator is kept running for the down direction, while people have to walk up. Dumb. Of course it is true that 1/4 inch of snow can shut down the entire U.S. government.

(27) Mara, September 11, 2008 2:13 PM

That is just so sad. Excersise invigorates your body and soul... OY vEY!

(26) Anonymous, September 8, 2008 10:13 AM


Its more like " have we forgotten common sense and legs at home??"

(25) Beverly Kurtin, September 6, 2008 10:24 AM


Q. How do you put an elephant into an elevator? A. Open the door, put the elephant into the refrigerator and close the door. To the person who said "Only in America," huh? Escalators are all around the world. And so is funny which is all it was meant to be in this case. However, as a retired computer support engineer I've spoken to people whose computers wouldn't work. After several minutes of trouble shooting I discovered that the power was off in the building they were calling from. Now THAT is funny and the last thing they heard as I hung up on them was my laughter.

(24) jugast, September 5, 2008 8:48 PM


That is HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!(: (: (: (: (: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(23) Candra, September 5, 2008 7:22 AM

Oy Vey I feel for them...

I too, have days where I feel like the answer is right in front of me yet I still can't grasp it.

(22) Nancy, September 4, 2008 3:01 PM

Mailbox run

We live in a condo complex where we often see a neighbor drive to the mailbox across the street.....OY!

(21) Anonymous, September 3, 2008 8:52 AM

Have we forgotton how to laugh?

Why so serious everyone? It was meant to be **funny**! And it was!

(20) Shmuel Shimshoni, September 3, 2008 1:07 AM

Thats progress?!?

This just proves that though two very well developed intellectuals were stymied by a very simple problem. they were far from intelligent, and could not even recognize that the solution was entirely within their own grasp. Heaven help them... Shmuel

(19) Anonymous, September 2, 2008 10:17 PM

Yes, we HAVE forgotten how to exercise.

The people in the video remind me of the guy who DRIVES to the corner store to buy milk, instead of walking. He needs his VEHICLE to get him there, otherwise he won't go. Know anyone like that?

(18) Tammy Ashley, September 2, 2008 4:35 PM

Stuck on an escalator

I wonder how minutes it would take the average person to figure out that all they have to do is walk either up or down the steps? Hmmmmm

(17) Carol Segal, September 2, 2008 3:54 PM

a sad state of affairs

It's a sad state of affairs knowing that people can be as stupid as this film indicates.

(16) Katie, September 2, 2008 12:54 PM

Trapped by laziness

I do wonder how many people lack the sense to find their way out of simple trials. Perfect example of being upset over what you can fix with no help.

(15) Steve Goldstein, September 2, 2008 9:29 AM

cute but...

the point could have been made in 15 seconds...

(14) hadassa, September 2, 2008 8:24 AM

Only in America (so far....)

(13) Leible, September 1, 2008 3:20 PM

This really happened

I used to live in Encino, CA. One day there was a power outage in the valley and 25 people were stranded on the escalator in the Sherman Oaks Mall for 3 hours! It was a shonda on the neighborhood!

(12) shirley, September 1, 2008 2:51 PM



(11) Anonymous, September 1, 2008 1:54 PM


I think this is showing how people think their safety, convience, accomplishments, and comfort are not their resposability, but is due them by someone else. The old "the world owes me a living" mentality. I've seen it all too often.

(10) Joan Hutta, September 1, 2008 12:26 PM


I can picture this really happening...People are becoming lazy & stupid!!!!!!

(9) NesanelS, September 1, 2008 12:23 PM

A Great Lesson in Life!!!

(8) Dvirah, September 1, 2008 11:06 AM

Our Boxes Are Getting Smaller

This reminds me of the (true) story of a 19th century monarch who waited an hour in the pouring rain because there was no servant to push open an unlocked door for him!

(7) Jana berkowitz, September 1, 2008 9:30 AM

Just when I needed it!

broke a 3-yr. exercise lag yesterday - stretched for 20 min. and biked for 20.

(6) Anonymous, August 31, 2008 11:15 PM

too dependent on technology

I think the issue isn't excercise, but instead it is that we are forgetting that we can walk up escalators. With the media portraying kindle as a replacement for books, spell check as a replacement for teaching kids how to spell, and calculators as a replacement for teaching kids basic addition we are in trouble. Technology is supposed to aid us. It was never intended to cripple us.

(5) avi, August 31, 2008 8:46 PM

modernization crutches us!!

when we rely on machinery to do our activities instead of our own faculties that Hashem gave us, it lessens our wanting to use them. this goes with computers doing thinking inplace of our brains. there are useful aspects to modern technology that are helpful, as long as it isn't a crutch!!!

(4) Rosen, August 31, 2008 6:11 PM

yes, we can and do get lazy

Sadly, yes, we are getting lazier. We get lazy in our couches and when the landline telephone rings, we get one of our family members to get it for us when they are either outside or upstairs, despite that we are closer to the landline phone than who is further away outside or upstairs. In a shocking study, it is anticipated that 100% of America will be obese and/or overweight in about 40 years from now. Making excuses is probably the root to why we don't exercise regularly.

(3) Dick, August 31, 2008 6:03 PM

Broken escalator(s)

That's funny. It's not Jewish. But it's funny. Too bad the other pieces, including Mark Miller's stuff, fails to tickle any funny bones. Frustration is FUNNY!

(2) Anonymous, August 31, 2008 2:34 PM

it's all in the mind

We haven't forgotten how to exercise our bodies--it's our minds that we have stopped using. The two subjecys have no doubt read about and probably even practice the exercise advice "take the stairs"--but recognizing that escalators ARE stairs takes old fashioned "sechel".

(1) CG Carpenter, August 31, 2008 5:42 AM


Many of the games out there have very graphic examples of the power we are given to destroy life if we choose. The Creator has given us this choice to make every day, choose life or choose death. We all have the capacity to commit violence if we go down that path. Part of that path could be the rehersal of violent acts that desencify our minds. There was a time when most children would get misty-eyed over a dead butterfly on a window sill, but many children are not shaken at all to see gross death or destruction. As the video-short pointed out, many are conditioned to go along for the ride like sheep being lead into a pen. When the system breaks down many people don't have a clue what to do next. They have this conditioning so engrained that they expect someone else to figure it out for them. The scary part of the games is that many of the situations add in breakdowns and twists conditioning some who play into perfect little assailants. How do you think these people who attack schools know what weapons to bring,how to slip in and how to move through systematically shooting with precission? Training! If children are not taught by their parents how to love and respect mankind,then these games could become the strongest influence in their lives.We don't need an army of humanists thinking that they can destroy all who block their path.What if the games gave extra points for helping the weakest bystanders?


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