The Worlds Most Annoying Stairway

Well, it is fun at first, but after a while….


  1. #1 Doug
    October 27, 2009

    If the goal is to get people to climb stairs, why didn’t they just turn off the escalator?

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    October 27, 2009


  3. #3 gruebait
    October 27, 2009

    but turned-off escalators are so…quiet…

  4. #4 Alcari
    October 27, 2009

    Hmm, I would probably be encouraging people to take the escalator, so they wouldn’t interrupt me while having fun the stairs :p

  5. #5 Jeremy
    October 27, 2009

    Cool, but I imagine a lot of the fun is in the novelty. If all stairs contained some kind of “fun” gimmick I think I’d take the escalator 😛

  6. #6 Gray Gaffer
    October 27, 2009

    Next thing: reduce the keyboard to just the pentatonic scale so everything people do has some musical consistency.

    The hypothesis required the choice element. The goal was to see what people would choose, not to get them to use the stairs.

  7. #7 Brian Jordan
    October 27, 2009

    They’ve had these at the Boston Museum of Science for years!

    Now these would be fun yet annoying stairs:

    The escalator should be a theremin,

  8. #8 dalani
    October 27, 2009

    It’s not safe nor building code compliant

  9. #9 Stephanie Z
    October 27, 2009

    I’ll assume you guys already know this, but I’ll say it anyway. Not everyone can climb stairs easily (people with bad knees or luggage or small children). That’s why there’s also an escalator.

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    October 27, 2009

    The Minnesota Science Museum also has these. I imagine this is standard issue for science museums (but the technology in Boston and MSM are different than what you see being deployed here, IIRC).

  11. #11 Rich Wilson
    October 28, 2009

    Anyone who thinks this would get boring isn’t 2.

  12. #12 Gwenny
    October 28, 2009

    It’s an experiment. It’s a cool idea. So’s the trash can. A harmless way to see what changes human behavior.