Your whole life is a lie.

Because it turns out the "door close" button doesn't actually do anything at all.

And that's according to the director of the National Elevator Industry trade group, which, is apparently a thing.

It's not all bad news, though. Those buttons used to work before the 1990s.

The Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990 made it so the elevator manufacturers had to disable the buttons in order to allow enough time for people in wheelchairs or with a cane to safely make it into the elevator.

And since elevator cars have to be replaced after about 25 years, practically all of the working "door close" buttons are gone!

You may be asking yourself why they still put them in there?  Well, because tradition... oh, and people still really like pressing them, because it gives us a sense of control! Ha! We're a bunch of control freaks!

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