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The reason that manhole covers are round, and not square, is because a square cover could, when placed at the right angle, fall through the square hole in the ground. A circle, however, is the same diameter no matter where you measure it, and it cannot fir through a hole the same size and shape, no matter how hard anyone tried.

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Q: Why is it better for manhole covers to be round rather than square?
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