A reader writes:

Within 24 hours, I've been effected by two manhole fires, with the first killing my power on Flatbush in Park Slope yesterday, and the second blocking my lunch route on Rector St today. Has anyone else reported any, is there something going on?

Maybe it's the combination of tons of snow and pure New York City heat? Maybe the city ran out of manhole epoxy.

Manhole season started later last year. And a woman who fell from her skateboard was unwittingly tattooed by a hot manhole. But in Shanghai, people steal manhole covers.

Photograph from Toby of Random Observations