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that’s when their eyes got big

maura @ 5:28 pm

You may remember that time last year when I saw a manhole cover with the word TELEPORT on it. (Or maybe you didn’t, which is why I linked back to it just there.) And then I couldn’t find it later.

A couple of weeks ago I thought I found it again, except that I’m not exactly sure that this is the same one I saw before. I could swear that I saw the other one a few blocks away, but I haven’t walked that way to work in a while.

It’s funny, it never even occurred to me that this could be Art, but Jonathan suggested it might be so the last time I passed it I looked verrrrry closely. And it looks as solid and authentic as any other manhole cover. Plus, it’s right near a big old Verizon building and there are other manhole covers in the vicinity that feature the same hexagonal patterns (though they all read BELL TEL or have a bell on them).

That’s the boring explanation for its existence, though. I’d prefer it if you could really teleport. And, as Jonathan pointed out, there are little rocketships in between the hexagons. Interesting…

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7 comments on “that’s when their eyes got big”

Anne (11 May 2009 at 4:08 pm)

That sounds like a Daniel Pinkwater story…

maura (11 May 2009 at 8:59 pm)

Man, I don’t even know his stuff! According to wikipedia he has a ton of kids books, how’d we miss him? Is Gus too old for him? Right now we are ripping thru the works of Roald Dahl, who is a hoot.

Anne (11 May 2009 at 9:57 pm)

No, not too old! Or too young! Read Lizard Music (which I think takes place in Chicago, even if it doesn’t say so), the one about the giant chicken (really good, takes place in NJ), and right now we’re reading the Yggdrassey (should have read the Neddiad first tho). Also some for younger kids about bad zoo animals, still funny for older ppl.

So I was going to say “p.s., that is if the manhole* had a giant chicken lurking beneath it.”

* Can’t think of a pc term for “manhole,” w/o sounding rude, sorry!

daniel (14 May 2009 at 2:30 pm)

I think there’s an entire website devoted to NYC manhole covers. I’m too lazy to google it, though.

maura (14 May 2009 at 11:16 pm)

And who can say if Google’s even working?!

maura (16 May 2009 at 9:38 pm)

Dude! That sewergator is actually in the plaza in Metrotech that’s right near my work! In fact, it’s probably less than 100 ft from the Teleport manhole cover, no lie.

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