Ah, the subway! The magical place where the laws of normality stop working. The moment you go underground to catch a train, you’d best be prepared to see hilarious, weird and, frankly, mind-blowing things.

To keep you laughing all day long and to remind you that life is full of little surprises, Bored Panda compiled this list of funny, bizarre and peculiar social behavior spotted on subway trains. Vote for your favorite strange(r) things (pun most definitely intended), and let us know in the comments below what you think the stories behind the pictures are. Also, be sure to check out Bored Panda’s other lists about the subway, including weird people, the most beautiful subway stations, vintage photos of New York’s subway and even more baffling things on the subway.

#1

This Punk Helping A Woman Carry Heavy Stuff In Berlin's Subway

This Punk Helping A Woman Carry Heavy Stuff In Berlin's Subway

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

Don't judge a book by its cover.

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#2

You Can’t Bring Your Dog On The Subway In New York Unless It Fits In A Bag

You Can’t Bring Your Dog On The Subway In New York Unless It Fits In A Bag

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sakora
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1 year ago

Self-propelled bag :)

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For some reason, entering the subway or any other kind of public transportation is like turning on an episode of The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Whatever you thought you knew about reality doesn’t matter anymore.

#3

My New Spirit Animal

My New Spirit Animal

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Amy Frank
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1 year ago

LMAO the new Marilyn Manroe

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#4

Some Relationships Are Inspiring

Some Relationships Are Inspiring

I think these two would do anything for each other. Owner is toting his pet via a customized back carrier and getting an appreciative paw hug the whole time. I have never seen so many smiles on the Uptown A Train.

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BusLady
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1 year ago

The lady is certainly amused.

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Subway systems are ancient — over 150 years old. The first urban underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway, began operating in London in 1863. It was very popular even though it wasn’t the most comfortable mode of transportation: it was worked by steam trains and was unhealthy for passengers and staff. In 1890, the first electrified underground urban railway, City & South London Railway, opened. Since the tunnels were tubular, the term "tube" eventually became synonymous with the London Underground.

#5

The Tube's Infamous "Balloon Bandit". He Makes Balloon Animals And Quickly Goes Back To His Book

The Tube's Infamous "Balloon Bandit". He Makes Balloon Animals And Quickly Goes Back To His Book

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

The satisfaction on his face thou lol

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#6

When You Match The Subway

When You Match The Subway

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sakora
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1 year ago

Be trendy :)

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In 1896, Budapest opened the first electrified underground line in Europe. The Budapest system was the first underground with overhead cables. In 1898, the technically outdated two-line Vienna Metropolitan Railway in Vienna was opened which was operated by steam trains. The system was converted to a modern underground railway only in 1978. The first line of the Paris Métro opened in 1900. Its full name was the Chemin de Fer Métropolitain; the name was shortened to ‘métro’, a word we’re all familiar with and borrowed by many languages.

#7

Perfect Timing

Perfect Timing

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sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

I ride this line every day, finally after three months I managed to make it. Patience pays. :)

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#8

Iron Man Is Alive

Iron Man Is Alive

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

Well, this is still 2019 and he won't pass until 2023, right?

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Boston has the oldest subway tunnel in the United States that is still in use, dating from 1897. The New York City Subway which became one of the world's largest rapid transit systems, opened its first section in 1904, stretching from City Hall to 145th Street.

#9

If I Ignore Them, Maybe They'll Go Away

If I Ignore Them, Maybe They'll Go Away

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Slinkman
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1 year ago (edited)

This is quite scary to be honest

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#10

Sooooo, My Friend Found His Doppleganger In The Subway Last Night

Sooooo, My Friend Found His Doppleganger In The Subway Last Night

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sakora
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1 year ago

It's good that it's not an advertisement for hemorrhoids :)

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Cairo was the first African city with a metro system. It opened in 1987. The second African metro opened in Algiers in November 2011. Pretoria, Lagos, and some other African cities also have plans to build rapid transit networks. Which means they too will soon be enjoying all the odd sights and funny situations of the subway, just like us.

#11

Just Another Day On The Subway

Just Another Day On The Subway

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

Looks like another knight just lost his horse to the enemy that day, typical Monday.

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#12

On The Train On The Way Home From Oktoberfest

On The Train On The Way Home From Oktoberfest

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Lingon
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1 year ago

They haven't drunk enough beer, so probably dehydrated.

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#13

Taking The Underground Subway In Seoul. I Stumbled Upon A Train That Had Been Converted Into A Grocery Store

Taking The Underground Subway In Seoul. I Stumbled Upon A Train That Had Been Converted Into A Grocery Store

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

That's awesome

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#14

Chilling Out On The Tube... Like A Boss

Chilling Out On The Tube... Like A Boss

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Doggo: these seats are way too small. How's a fella supposed to sit?

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#15

Would You Accept?

Would You Accept?

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Cassim_D
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1 year ago

Pizza solves everything

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#16

Einstein Achieves Time Travel (Subway, Buenos Aires)

Einstein Achieves Time Travel (Subway, Buenos Aires)

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sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

"This metro is relative" :)

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#17

More Concerned About The Guy On The Bottom Right Tbh

More Concerned About The Guy On The Bottom Right Tbh

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Getting ready to strangle that nun. He grew up in Catholic school, and still remembers the ruler.

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#18

Sleepy Pup On His Way Downtown

Sleepy Pup On His Way Downtown

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

Doggo is relaxed

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#19

This Sign On The London Underground Reminding People To Respect The British Culture

This Sign On The London Underground Reminding People To Respect The British Culture

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Helen
Community Member
1 year ago

Just to be clear, in case non-British think this is real - someone has stuck this there as a joke, it's not an official sign!

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#20

This Guy Has A Turtle Shell Backpack

This Guy Has A Turtle Shell Backpack

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Charlie
Community Member
1 year ago

I love it

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#21

His Name Is John Cena

His Name Is John Cena

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Lexis
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1 year ago

Took me a second

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#22

We’ve Reached That Point Of Summer Where Pad Installation Is Necessary

We’ve Reached That Point Of Summer Where Pad Installation Is Necessary

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Vanessa
Community Member
1 year ago

LIFE HACK!

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#23

This Pigeon Is Out Here Looking Like Every NYer Waiting For The Train

This Pigeon Is Out Here Looking Like Every NYer Waiting For The Train

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wandile dludlu
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1 year ago

Tired of flying from Brooklyn to central park daily.

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#24

Thought Of You All When I Saw This Guy Selling Plants On My Subway Ride Home. He Kept Saying Things Like “I Don’t Sell Weed, I Just Sell Tropical Plants”

Thought Of You All When I Saw This Guy Selling Plants On My Subway Ride Home. He Kept Saying Things Like “I Don’t Sell Weed, I Just Sell Tropical Plants”

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Mavia Kainaat
Community Member
1 year ago

Kuddos to him!

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#25

Dad’s Trying To Keep Up With Technology

Dad’s Trying To Keep Up With Technology

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome

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#26

Some Would Call It Art

Some Would Call It Art

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sakora
Community Member
1 year ago

Marking new tatoo inspirations :)

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#27

Actually Pretty High Odds

Actually Pretty High Odds

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engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

Either a bug in the matrix or that shirt is on a big discount that day.

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#28

Not Books

Not Books

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BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

I wasn't aware that Staples sold those.

Beatrix CHOI
Community Member
8 months ago

They don't

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Lingon
Community Member
1 year ago

I smuggled poultry on the bus once (you are not allowed to transport farm animals on it), I was holding my breath for the rooster not to start cock-a-doodle-doo. I got away with it.

Val Naim
Community Member
1 year ago

Nicee. Why did you do it?lol

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Phil Boswell
Community Member
1 year ago

Book! Book book book! Book! All we need is a frog saying "reddit" ;-)

Vinniegret
Community Member
1 year ago

This should be voted higher! Very clever Phil.

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

'Ladies en gentleman, may we present to you 'Books'! The majestic box-chicken!'

TheAnimeGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

hoomanz I ate your bookz, they was good

Adam
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I think it's supposd to read Chooks???

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

Poor thing looks like he's having a bad day.

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

How would your day be if someone stuffed you in a box and forced you to ride in a steamy transit?

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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

I remember when I was working at a supermarket, a woman came in with a back pack and as she was leaving she gave me a sneak peak and inside was a little Joey, still with no fur. It had to be kept snug and warm like it’s mothers pouch and had to be fed almost every 30mins.

Maya Baggins
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe its name is "Books"

noah crawford
Community Member
10 months ago

staples sells books that look like that?

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't judge a "Book" by it's cover. . .

Shanti
Community Member
1 year ago

Murder most Fowl?

Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

Do it yourself soup in a box.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Chooks not books.

Turtleturleturtle
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe the bird’s named Books.

Lynn Hookins
Community Member
1 year ago

named after the noise they make.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Chicken Little.

Chris Shelton
Community Member
1 year ago

Actually the birds name is Books... so the label is correct?

Allen Dela Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

It was looking for a book worm.

Meami
Community Member
1 year ago

Chicken Little...

Dana Hill
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe "Books" is his name?

Jim Price
Community Member
1 year ago

Obviously too chicken to say what they really were.

Brittany Forrester
Community Member
1 year ago

I am going to pick mine up as soon as possible.

Sue H-s
Community Member
1 year ago

Book book book baaaawwwwk

Sherri Mantooth Bagwell
Community Member
1 year ago

Not books, but bocks! (Think Old McDonald- "Here a bock, there a bock, everywhere a bock bock."

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

the hope for a better home ...

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

love it!

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a chicken and not a book.

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 year ago

I guess that's KFC's "Big Box"!

Mairlady
Community Member
1 year ago

poor bird, would rather be eating bugs

R john
Community Member
1 year ago

Probably a chicken named staples

Fiona Toms-Yarnton
Community Member
1 year ago

Buk buk buks!

Sherry Harvey
Community Member
1 year ago

Chicken Little

John Ozed
Community Member
1 year ago

"It's a Cook Book!"

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

Another type of books.

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe that's its name.

Mari Bryant
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe his name is Books?

Camilla Koutsos
Community Member
1 year ago

Bok bok boks

Madi D.
Community Member
1 year ago

Bucks

Stephen Pyne
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes!! Book book book, reddit reddit reddit.

Stephen Pyne
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! book book book, no reddit reddit reddit

Agent K
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a funny lookin' book

Richard Henderson
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Maybe it’s the chicken’s name. There was so TV character called Booker, after all.

Robyn Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

Book, book, book.........bagurk!

Khavrinen
Community Member
1 year ago

More like buk-buk-bu-kawks!

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Brooks. Like from Shawshank

comboplush
Community Member
1 year ago

Totally not judging this book.

Ben Steinberg
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe they're recipe books?

Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

They're going to the wrong library.

Foxyloxylou
Community Member
1 year ago

you guys should get some, theyre great (but legit i have turkeys)

A Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe "Books" is the birds name.

Ginge
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybees someone misheard "clucks"?

engineer_nope.avi
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1 year ago

How can you be so sure? I mean, you can still read that thing

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#29

Someone’s Enjoying Their Evening Commute

Someone’s Enjoying Their Evening Commute

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Or not.

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#30

On The Way To Pick Up Their Kids From Their Ex Wives

On The Way To Pick Up Their Kids From Their Ex Wives

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

Single Bald men conference

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#31

This Is Art

This Is Art

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Amazing! He has 3 hands. That must come in handy.

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#32

London Underground Seems Weird Today

London Underground Seems Weird Today

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Olli Glx
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1 year ago

Maybe it's a Linux convention?

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#33

There Was A Fight At My Subway Stop, This Was The Aftermath

There Was A Fight At My Subway Stop, This Was The Aftermath

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Candice Ravel
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1 year ago

Unbeweavable

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#34

Pet Bananas Are Allowed In Subway As Long As They Are On A Leash

Pet Bananas Are Allowed In Subway As Long As They Are On A Leash

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PandaLover
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1 year ago

I really want to know the backstory behind this one

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#35

Normal Morning Until I Took The Subway

Normal Morning Until I Took The Subway

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Charlie
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1 year ago

I like sleeping but this goes tooo far

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#36

If The Shirt Fits!

If The Shirt Fits!

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Trainluvr NYC
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1 year ago

I love seeing ordinary people display art.

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#37

So NYC MTA (Subway) Banned All Dogs Unless The Owner Carries Them In A Bag. I Think This Owner Nailed It

So NYC MTA (Subway) Banned All Dogs Unless The Owner Carries Them In A Bag. I Think This Owner Nailed It

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SmittenKitten
Community Member
1 year ago

Just like the same one above ! Is this a trend??

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#38

A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

could be a booby trap

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#39

Just What The Heck, New York

Just What The Heck, New York

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

They'll get off at the next crustation.

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#40

This Guy's Lunch Made It Onto The Train Without Him This Morning

This Guy's Lunch Made It Onto The Train Without Him This Morning

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BusLady
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1 year ago

Taking a picture of a guy taking a picture of the same thing you're taking a picture of.

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#41

The Only Guy Guaranteed A Seat On The Tube At Rush Hour

The Only Guy Guaranteed A Seat On The Tube At Rush Hour

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Charlotte Ayers
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1 year ago

Two things a Time Lord never forgets: a towel and a chair.

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#42

Ladies And Gentlemen, I Give You The World's Worst Person

Ladies And Gentlemen, I Give You The World's Worst Person

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Val Naim
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1 year ago

Is that a makeshift didgeridoo?

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#43

Fixing Broken Subway Doors, The German Way

Fixing Broken Subway Doors, The German Way

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Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

you shall not pass

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#44

Saw This On The Subway

Saw This On The Subway

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engineer_nope.avi
Community Member
1 year ago

Does he look square to you guys?

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#45

Russian Metro

Russian Metro

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Cassim_D
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1 year ago

nothing to see here

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#46

What A Racket!!!

What A Racket!!!

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Wyndmere
Community Member
1 year ago

His neighborhood was invaded by a swarm of giant moths.

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