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Why Can't Our Manhole Covers Be as Cool as Japan's Manhole Covers?

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Manhole covers are like baseball umpires: if they're doing their job correctly, you shouldn't notice them. Unless you live in Japan, that is, because in Japan, apparently, the manhole covers are incredibly beautifully. (The baseball umpires, presumably, are normal baseball umpires.)

This doesn't seem fair. Why do they get these fantastic manhole covers and our manhole covers look, at best, like outdated bathroom tiles? We want cool manhole covers too, whoever is in charge of these things.

· The Manhole Covers in Japan Are Absolutely Beautiful [Gizmodo]