Last year, NYC was terrorized by a madman (or a squad of madpersons) who tied a used condom to the pole of an F train. That festive ornament hung around on the train for a few weeks, possibly inspiring some lame copycats. Now, the next generation of condom fiends has left their calling card—and they are a pale imitation of their forefathers.

A reader sent us the above photo, which he spotted tied to a pole on the N train after getting aboard at Atlantic Avenue on Friday night. "Five seconds into the ride I find this condom next to my face," said straphanger Malek Bsat. "It was empty but it had pubic hair(not visible in the photo) on it so not sure if it was used or not."

"It looks like whoever left that condom on the F train is a trendsetter," he added ominously.

We don't know if we would go that far, but there's no doubt that there is a subset of New Yorkers who think it is adorable to shed themselves of their semi-used prophylactics while shedding their skin. If you don't believe us, just look at these dispatches from the last two months alone:

At least one NYer is able to see past the layers of latex, polyurethane and lambskin to penetrate the romantic heart of the matter: