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Are there any known cases of falling elevators?

In the movies falling elevators aren't rare. However, given that elevators are protected by safety devices, is it even possible for elevator to fall?
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Is it possible to suffocate if you get trapped in an elevator for a long period of time?

I live on the 21st floor of a building and I ride an elevator everyday. I was wondering if I got stuck in the elevator for an extended length of time, could I use up all of the air in the elevator ...
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Do elevator manufacturers purposefully provide a door close button that doesn't work?

I've read the above factoid many times, but sources are conflicting as to whether or not its true; that is, some say there's a set timer on door openings and closings that can't be budged by ...
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Do hotels omit the 13th floor?

(Image source) Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. But do (western) hotels cater to this phobia by skipping/omitting the 13th floor? This USA Today article (2007) quotes J.W. Marriott ...