Get this: The world's shortest escalator is only 32 inches long. The five-steps-long moving staircase is located in Japan. After officials confirmed its measurements it was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Shortest Escalator.
In a Jan. 3 report, UPI noted that if you want to get an up-close experience at the short flight of moving stairs, you'll have to travel to Kawasaki, Japan.
A YouTube subscriber, hippykiller1, was so taken by the tiny flight of stairs, he described it as "a thing of beauty and magnificence." In fact, he rode up and down the escalator seven times.
"It was a glorious experience," he adds and even gives detailed directions on how to find the site of the shortest escalator in the world.
Ironically, Guinness Book certified the record back in 1989. However, thanks to the YouTube user, it has now gained a bit of attention.
"The world’s shortest escalator in the Kawasaki More's department store in Japan. It has even been certified by the Guinness Book of Records in 1989," officials wrote.
The world's shortest escalator, at only 32.8 inches, to be exact, makes you wonder why a simple flight of stairs were not constructed. After all, if you're looking for a cheap way to burn off a few calories, regular steps work wonders.
Nonetheless, for others, great things come in small packages.