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Monday, June 16, 2008

WTF news of the day

the commissioner of bombay municipal corporation says this here:
Civic officials say the massive construction activity undertaken for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing has increased demand for iron ore globally. As a result, they claim, organised gangs are now operating in Kurla, Bandra, Mankhurd and parts of Byculla to systematically steal the manhole covers. (emphasis mine)
earlier wtf series - 1, 2, 3,


Preeti Aghalayam aka kbpm said...

yeah i saw that, mirror was all over this thing yesterday. worldwide demand for iron ore and whatever crap. someone remembered manhole covers thanks to US Advisory to its citizens about open manholes, figured we would all be happy to shell out our hard-earned so that *god forbid* the US bad-mouth us with cold hard facts this time around, and decided to organise this racket, and sort of incidentally link it through some hand-waving to the olympics in China. I do wonder what the plan is for buying covers back, or, are we supposed to rise up in arms and go to China and steal 1500 of them as revenge?? This stuff is really annoying.

Incidentally, after all the hullabaloo about why manhole covers should be round, there are gadzillion of them that are square or rectangle these days. Crap.

csm said...

1500 manholes * 20 kgs per manhole = 30 Tons of iron = 2 Full Container Loads (FCLs) will be like a teaspoon of water to quench an elephant's thirst.
phatak deserves to be ripped apart like n.simha did to h.kashipu
and so too the journos who do not apply their brains when necessary.

Preeti Aghalayam aka kbpm said...

i see the dsvrthm influence going strong. :) :)

csm said...

oh yes - it must be in the middle on the frenzied feeding i have been doing online with dsvthrm :-)