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
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't judge a book by its cover.

Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

That's true just because some people don't dress up in ways that are considered"appropriate" society, we often tend to judge them.

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Mica Fiverline
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1 year ago

Not surprised. Punks, Goths and Metalheads are some of the nicest, most polite people one can meet...

Ivy D
Community Member
8 months ago

Don't forget emos

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Cat on a bike
Community Member
1 year ago

punks are rebelling against the system not against pepole, know the difference!

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

often that's how the rebellion manifests, being nice when most of the world isn't

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year ago

when living in an 'eclectic' area, walking home from night shift, in the early hours of the morning, the majority of people who offered me their taxi / to hail a taxi for me, were the local punks & goths. Never had a local well-dressed "yuppie" do that. Point is: a kind heart can be wrapped in an array of packaging. <3

Bobert Robertson
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1 year ago

Except “yuppie” packaging I take it?

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

My parents car broke down on the side of the road in 40 degree heat and them being old and dumb neither of them had a mobile phone at the time so they're standing outside the car trying to flag people down to help. Not a single other person even acknowledged them except a tattood, pierced punk with a mohawk who stopped, asked them if they needed help, called the insurance company and bought them both a bottle of water, then waited with them until help arrived while fanning them both with his shirt. They still consider him their guardian angel

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

It’s actually quite sad that we have to be shocked or surprised by someone helping another just because of their appearance. (I will admit I have been guilty of this). My husband has dreads and looks a bit scruffy with his beard too but he is a very hard worker and is often willing to help others.

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

to be honest Im shocked when anyone helps anyone out at all anymore

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whatupguys1
Community Member
1 year ago

Just because you're a rebel doesn't mean you can't help those in need.

Giraffes Inc.
Community Member
1 year ago

With a beer in his other hand! Bless him 😄

Cassim_D
Community Member
1 year ago

beneath that exterior he's a big softy...very sweet man

Paola Martz
Community Member
1 year ago

It reminds me of the saying "Against all authority except my mother's" :D

Giovanni
Community Member
1 year ago

Outcasts know how it feels to be alone and in need

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

As a lifelong metal head and punk, i have lost count at the amount of times i have had someone say "you're much nicer than you look".............................sorry?

LilicatUK
Community Member
1 year ago

When I was younger I actively looked for the scariest looking, fully tattooed, long haired men around if I was alone or got separated from my friends during concerts or nights out and in 100% of cases I got very respectful help, very fun company and protection from f*ck boys!

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Steph Hansen
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1 year ago

We need more punks in the world. I might also add that one of the nicest people I've ever met was a guy covered in tattoos and piercings. Never judge!

Xavier Wescott
Community Member
1 year ago

I myself have a Mohawk, and can get put into the punk crowd. It's all about what you do!

Non-New-Toni-An
Community Member
1 year ago

What the hell is weird about this??!!!! Jesus!! Helpful and unhelpful ppl wear all kinds of different clothing.

Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

How can you be sure it is not the other way around?

Gemma Lees
Community Member
1 year ago

From my experience, the biggest, most dangerous looking metal head or punk guys are the sweetest, most gentle fellas you can meet.

TheAnimeGirl
Community Member
1 year ago

That's so sweet. People aren't always who they seem to be

Kaspar Kristiansen
Community Member
1 year ago

I guess Johnny's not so Rotten after all:)

BusLady
Community Member
1 year ago

Is he holding her beer?

Juliet Onnet
Community Member
1 year ago

been born in Berlin live in Berlin at the moment, see absolutely nothing strange here.

Juliet Onnet
Community Member
1 year ago

as a citizen of berlin I see nothing strange here this is normal

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank you kind sir.

OnlyMyOpinion
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe they're together?

Beatrix CHOI
Community Member
4 months ago

Nice guy

Linda Adamo
Community Member
12 months ago

maybe she's helping him.

Karla Littke
Community Member
12 months ago

But isn't that like his mom being his roadie?!

Craptavaganza
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice!

Lisa Iren Tjäder
Community Member
1 year ago

He has a rainbow coloured mohawk, he is a punky my little pony, he is adorable!

Mihiteruarewa Rangitaawa
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it...acts of kindness come from the heart not what you look like.

Vinniegret
Community Member
1 year ago

Aww, that's his mom.

Aurore Bui
Community Member
1 year ago

Do not judge a book on its cover!

David Gaudette
Community Member
1 year ago

Never judge a book by it's cover...he's a punk with a heart!

Queen_Nkotanyi
Community Member
1 year ago

Apparently he's not a punk

Miguel Rosas
Community Member
1 year ago

That's his mom lol

Jane Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

Lovely

Mary Hurst
Community Member
1 year ago

Perhaps her grandson

Uday Kiran
Community Member
1 year ago

Love these kind of people

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
1 year ago

What a nice punker!

Donald Holder
Community Member
1 year ago

Just because his hair is colored doesn't mean he isn't a nice guy!

Ren Paley
Community Member
1 year ago

Punks are pretty much the nicest people around

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

a badass with a golden Heart

Francie Traschen
Community Member
1 year ago

put down the beer and carry her other box, too

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

dont judge books by their cover

Karen Chaddock
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe he's her son !

MadJess Tic
Community Member
1 year ago

I don’t see how this is funny, strange or weird.....

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 year ago

If the word punk is being used to describe a music style, I am fine. Otherwise why the judgement?

Pamela
Community Member
1 year ago

He's taller and stronger, thus making it look easy. If he didn't help, she'd be hauling both, wouldn't she!

daisydiamond
Community Member
1 year ago

Sometimes the nicest people are the most unique/scary looking <3

Mandy Davis
Community Member
1 year ago

I know more “punk” people that are nicer than what people would call “normal” people.

Florence Hastings
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe she was his mother

Sandra Mason
Community Member
1 year ago

yeah, he got around the corner and ran.

Abigail Kreiss
Community Member
1 year ago

Every boy has a mama.

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
1 year ago

Just because you dress different, doesn't mean that you don't have manners

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
1 year ago

Just because you dress different, doesnt mean you cant have manners

Ana M
Community Member
1 year ago

He is a gentleman, a punk but always a gentleman.

Ann Gullberg
Community Member
1 year ago

It was punks that gave up seats to me and my husband on the tube in London.. nice young men.. Don’t judge!

Mark CM
Community Member
1 year ago

Gets to the exit ... then RUNS with the box.

Pippa Runs
Community Member
1 year ago

I like the you carry the other big box cause I gotta hold my beer thing going on haha

Fumps
Community Member
1 year ago

Punk is just a style of music, to dress like this is just a style. I don't get why this is a surprise.

Margareth Su
Community Member
1 year ago

This is super cute!

Danielle Renee
Community Member
1 year ago

just because he's punk doesn't mean he can't be a nice boy too

Ruth L Ellison
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!! Don’t judge a book by its cover!!

Pax
Community Member
1 year ago

How is it strange to help people? How could you assume that this guy wouldn't help just based on his looks?

Sir
Community Member
1 year ago

Can't see anything strange or funny in this picture.

Andreas Hoffmann
Community Member
1 year ago

his mum probably...

Sir
Community Member
1 year ago

same thought here :)

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Give me a beagle any day...
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1 year ago

German punk rockers are the coolest in the world!!

Tomaz Sneberger
Community Member
1 year ago

That's his mom furnishing his room

Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

This is purrfect

Lu
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1 year ago

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Is this the photo before he ran away with it? Lol. Good lad

debrina blackmoon
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1 year ago (edited)

asshole-and same to yvonne

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1 year ago

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maybe he's stealing it :-D

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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.

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#29

Someone’s Enjoying Their Evening Commute

Someone’s Enjoying Their Evening Commute

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BusLady
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
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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
Community Member
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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