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The Manholes Have Claimed Another Sacrificial Victim

One scooter rider had a very bad day.

This website has been nothing but scrupulous in telling the world about the evil of manholes. They might look like innocuous pits filled with wiring and water, but hiding behind that facade is probably an alien race of pavement worms that love nothing more than sowing chaos and destruction.

Manhole mouths have blasted a car with filthy jets of sewer water, sent another bouncing off the road into a tree, and caused a block-long hellscape of belching flame and carbonized vehicles. The people who know and rightfully fear these violent things have developed a term for their phobia: manholia. And a little bit of manholia in one's life seems justified, as the manholes have taken their war on civilization beyond property damage to eating up warm human flesh.

The below video, whose maker says it was filmed in Taiwan, shows that the worst thing about a motorbike wreck might not be hitting the pavement but what happens just seconds afterward. And also in the days and weeks that follow, as the Internet community scrambles to top itself with funny things to say about your misfortune. Like, "maybe he was delivering a pizza to some ninja turtles...." And: "Man falls down hole. Police are looking into it."

Here's hoping the unfortunate rider escaped unharmed:

About the Author

  • John Metcalfe
    John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.