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World's Shortest Escalator in Japan Goes Viral, Purpose of Its Existence Remains Mystery [VIDEOS]

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The world's shortest escalator located in Kawasaki, Japan, is a thing of beauty and magnificence, says a Youtube user whose video went overly viral in the new year.

"The World's Shortest Escalator" was posted on Jan. 2, by a user named Hippykiller1. When he took this hyper enthusiastic clip to Reddit, sarcastic comments exploded and the total views of the video skyrocketed, reaching over 518,000 in a single day.

The three-feet high escalator contains five steps, and is followed by, believe it or not, a short staircase, adding to the mystery as to whether there is a purpose for the escalator exists at all.

"Its vertical rise is only 32.8 inches, or 83cm," the narrator explains in the video. 'It is a thing of beauty and magnificence," he says with enthusiasm.
“I rode the escalator seven times, and it was a glorious experience.”

The Guinness World Records team confirmed to Yahoo! News that the escalator indeed is the shortest in the world.

If you don’t have access to this very masterpiece in Japan, a Reddit user introduced a similar ride in the U.S.

"For anyone wondering, the shortest escalator in the United States is at the J.C. Penney at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. IIRC the total rise is something like 4 feet, 6 inches. It's pretty ridiculous to behold," MMX said on a Reddit post in response to the world's shortest escalator.

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