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December 17, 2004

Odd Elevators

Athens, Greece - International Mathematical Olympiad

There were six elevators in the building to serve the twenty floors, the restaurants, shops, offices and the pool deck. They were very small - one could even call them 'miniature'. Interestingly enough, there were other even smaller elevators for the workers to transport equipment. There were three elevators on the left and three on the right. Some contestants always went in elevators on the left while others always went in the elevators on the right. What's the difference you might think? Interestingly enough, elevators on the left stop only at odd floors while the elevators on the right only stop at even floors.

Posted by Oleg Ivrii at December 17, 2004 01:24 AM


We had cooler elevators at IPhO! At the Hilton, there was a button called "World Cup Floor." It turns out that was the floor on which the German and Danish national teams stayed during World Cup 2002! I guess that's almost as good as Olympic Village... =)

Posted by: Tout at December 17, 2004 07:15 PM

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