The Incredible Dyslexic Manhole Cover
This oddity is in Greenwich Park, just opposite the new entrance to Maritime Museum, under a horse chestnut tree where the middle path joins the path running along outside the museum. Andrew passes it two or three times a week. Try clicking on the image and spot the deliberate mistake.
Andrew is surprised that no one’s ever noticed it, but let’s face it – when you’re walking though Greenwich Park, you’re mainly looking at the view. If you’re looking at the ground it’s to spot potential doggy hazards, not spelling mistakes in manhole covers.
What’s really bizarre though, is that there are several of these covers, and only this one appears to be wonky. I always assumed something like this would be mass-produced, but this drain cover is proud to stand alone. Even a dodgy batch would be hard to consider – surely they don’t create new moulds for each lot?
TBH I don’t know
much anything about the manufacture of cast iron manhole covers. Mr Wikipedia tells me they’re made by sand casting but even that doesn’t explain an individual spelling mistake.
Andrew – I suspect you may be the first person to have noticed this Greenwich anomaly – including the workmen who fitted it – I can’t imagine they’d have looked pretty hard at what they were plonking over a drain. Congratulations. It could be unique – and if so perhaps it’s a Collector’s Item.
Wow. I think we should put a round-the-clock police guard on it, just to make sure no crazy-cover-collectors hear about it and get a bit light-fingered. Who’s want a Henry Moore when there’s a unique drain-cover lying there just asking to be lifted…
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