It's the back tire that'll get ya.

You don't need a Hollywood stunt cannon to send a car airborne.  All it takes is a speedy vehicle and one uncovered, devilishly placed manhole.

A motorcyclist at the beginning of this recent video from parts unknown narrowly avoids the pit trap in the road. But soon after a car scores a direct hit with its back tire and lurches aloft, skidding for a half-second on its bumper and showering the neighborhood with trunk litter. That got traffic to slow down.

The footage is the latest example of the evil power manholes hold over humanity, with their fire-breathing, motorist-eating, and attempted child-exploding deeds. This month alone, manholes knocked out power to thousands in Washington, D.C., staged a car-be-cue in Baltimore, caused two head injuries after exploding in Brooklyn, and forget attempted, but actually did blow a kid into the air in China.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Design

    Cities Deserve Better Than These Thomas Heatherwick Gimmicks

    The “Vessel” at New York’s Hudson Yards—like so many of his designs—look as if the dystopian world of 1984 has been given a precious makeover.

  2. Transportation

    China's 50-Lane Traffic Jam Is Every Commuter's Worst Nightmare

    What happens when a checkpoint merges 50 lanes down to 20.

  3. Homes in Amsterdam are pictured.
    Equity

    Amsterdam's Plan: If You Buy a Newly Built House, You Can't Rent It Out

    In an effort to make housing more affordable, the Dutch capital is crafting a law that says anyone who buys a newly built home must live in it themselves.

  4. North Carolina's legislature building.
    Life

    Should Government Agencies Move Out of Capital Cities?

    North Carolina may relocate its Division of Motor Vehicles from Raleigh to boost lagging Rocky Mount. Can this be a national model for decentralizing power?

  5. Equity

    In Need of Housing, Barcelona Fines Landlords For Long-Vacant Buildings

    The massive fines levied against the investment funds have been interpreted as a “declaration of war” from Mayor Ada Colau, who wants more affordable housing.