Nicholas White spent 41 hours trapped in an elevator. The New Yorker account of the episode, written by Nick Paumgarten, surely tells readers more than they've ever known about how elevators work. But the article's most intriguing element is the description of the downward spiral which White's life took, beginning with the first few hours trapped.
Truth: Your problem is not your problem. Your reaction to your problem is your problem.
UPDATE: The New Yorker also made available the security tape footage of White's experience.