Name a couple of athletes that have defied odds? Jackie Robinson, Lance Armstrong and Venus Williams are just a few that come to mind. Dmitriy Bibikow is another. A former mountaineer and sky diver, now crippled paraplegic, Bibikow waited six years for an elevator that never came, so he built his own.
A new office building in Osaka, Japan features two dozen of the biggest elevators around, each one capable of carrying a whopping 80 people at a time. With windows overlooking the city, the 12-foot-wide, 9-foot-long and 8.5-foot-high boxes will be downright spacious when carrying just a handful of passengers.