Keeping the virus at bay is the top and foremost priority these days. A face mask has been added to the "check before leaving" daily bundle next to keys, wallet, and phone, and as we’re on our way to the second wave, we're kinda used to this whole thing.

But people are still getting creative with the most questionable face (and body) coverings that defy science, common sense, and simply aesthetics. I mean, would you put a plastic bag on your head? While you think, let me tell you that this time, we’re covering not the random bunch of people wearing "wut da heck is dat" in a public space, but the full-on "subway creatures." Compiled by the amusing Twitter page by the same name, “Subway Creatures” give us a glimpse of weird, weirder, and the weirdest, but in times of pandemic.

After you’re done, check out our previous post about people spotted reading incredibly strange books on the subway. As they say, reality is stranger than fiction.

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Nicola Roberts
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1 year ago

I don't think this is ridiculous. I think this normalises wearing masks.

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tangy chip
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1 year ago

But this is actually smart!

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To find out more about the "subway creatures" amid the pandemic, Bored Panda reached out to Rick McGuire, the founder of widely popular Subway Creatures Instagram. Rick said that there have been a lot of changes in the subway during the viral outbreak.

“A good number of people are still scared to use public transportation despite studies showing there is a very minimal risk of contracting Covid-19 on the trains. In addition, there is a decent amount of people who no longer have to commute to work because they are now working from home.”

Rick said that all of this adds up to ridership at an all-time low. “It’s hurting the public transportation system badly, as well as content for my page Subway Creatures.” Right now, it is the law to wear a face mask on the NYC subway, so people have been getting very creative.

He recounted seeing people “use everything from plastic bottles to shopping bags to women's underwear. It's definitely weird and funny, but a constant reminder of the times we're living in,” he concluded.

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

Plague doctor

Den Star
Community Member
1 year ago

I use a plague doctor mask too, it's awesome tho. It's leather, and vent holes in the beak and room to put herbs in a sachet to breathe thru, just like they really did. A local leather craft person made it for me!

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Micah Patchen
Community Member
1 year ago

If more of us wore this to if mask, the unmasked would freak out

TheWitchNaru
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1 year ago

Yuuuuuuuuuuuuus. Dooooooooo eeeeet.

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CatWoman312
Community Member
1 year ago

Not ridiculous. It does what it’s supposed to do

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

I can see where the leather would protect you, but I’d put some kind of filter over the air holes. I prefer to err on the side of safety. PS: Some leather can smell bad, especially if worn for long periods, so the other commenter who spoke of putting sachets in it is really on to something.

_luna_
Community Member
1 year ago

I saw someone wear this at the store once

🌺🍍🌼🌻🌼🍍🌺
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1 year ago

hell yeah

Brittany C
Community Member
1 year ago

Yessss. Plague doctor masks are. 😻

LessaltEDM
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1 year ago

Vintage and cool as f**k!

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Spankathon
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1 year ago

I'm in the process of buying one of these for a works zoom call. And a weekend away.

Hubertus Touché
Community Member
1 year ago

They say he's a bit picky...

sharon Hart
Community Member
1 year ago

Creepy

Dana Grunwald
Community Member
1 year ago

Awesome 😀

Lesley Langlois
Community Member
1 year ago

Keeping that s**t at bay!!

Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
Community Member
1 year ago

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Leonel Franco
Community Member
1 year ago

This is cool

El Dee
Community Member
1 year ago

Combining a mask with social distancing, smart!!

Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

That's actually why it was effective back then- it physically distanced them because of the beak. They thought it worked to avoid things like miasma, but... essentially it just made sure you weren't 2 inches from your patients face breathing in all their spit. To actually protect other people the vents should be filtered though.

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Fred and George Weasley
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1 year ago

at least it works lol

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago

I need one!

D. Pitbull
Community Member
1 year ago

This is awesome. It looks well made too... hmm... contemplating...

MantisKeeper
Community Member
1 year ago

finally someone who can tell you that collecting your farts in jars will cure coronavirus, the only cure people haven't tried yet.

Ansley Byrd
Community Member
1 year ago

He has the right idea.

Terri Owens
Community Member
1 year ago

While I am not sure about the effectiveness of the plague mask, it's certainly better than no mask at all.

CARRIEMAE MCKELVEY
Community Member
1 year ago

that's like me

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it kinda is a plague.

Andrew McFarlane
Community Member
1 year ago

These have been proven to be just as effective as modern masks. The "beak" was filled with a mixture of aromatic and medicinal herbs. First used in medieval Europe around the time of the Bubonic Plague ("Black Death") 1347 -- 1351.

WildBerry
Community Member
1 year ago

False. And Bubonic Plague wasn't airborne. The herbs were actually to block the smell of the dead and dying.

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Larry Dahle
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1 year ago

Someone call a Doctor... Maybe the Cops too, come to think of it!!!

Marguerite Barnett
Community Member
1 year ago

Good eye coverage.

Dee Denise
Community Member
1 year ago

It's a mask AND encourages social distancing. 2 birds, 1 stone 🦅

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 year ago

It'll keep people back.

TheWitchNaru
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I have one too but in brown!! I should spray paint it black...looks better.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

pretty Much says it all.

Jill Bussey
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the reason doctors came to be called "quacks."

Jjjane20
Community Member
1 year ago

Rusty lake, Mr Crow

Missy Barton
Community Member
1 year ago

Percy?

Isabel Care
Community Member
1 year ago

I have one of these masks with flowers painted on it. Gets a lot of laughs in the supermarket queues. Outside wear only as it mists up quickly indoors

Mary Jaye
Community Member
1 year ago

COOL

Cathy Proctor
Community Member
1 year ago

Okay, now this one is ridiculous

Tina Harbour
Community Member
1 year ago

Certainly helps maintain distancing....

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
1 year ago

All he needs is the cotton ball soaked in a particular essential oil. And he is safe.

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
1 year ago

I would love one of these!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
1 year ago

Attention getter

Craymoss
Community Member
1 year ago

Meh. It’s rubber... gotta smell great at first. I’d actually make a real one if I was gonna walk around with a ‘plague doctor mask’ on..

Yvonne Osuji
Community Member
1 year ago

All I can say is WHY? LOL

William Mahoney
Community Member
1 year ago

Taking way too much space.

Patricia Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

but is it filled with lavender or spices?

Cindy Goode
Community Member
1 year ago

lol

Jane W.
Community Member
1 year ago

Can you get by with this when it isn't October? Saw one on a guy in CVS and wondered about that.

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

well if you have to wear a mask, do it the right way

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 year ago

Sad reflection of our times.

Janet Bird
Community Member
1 year ago

We need 2 meter beaks!

Laura Jones
Community Member
1 year ago

he might be onto something

Mumof1
Community Member
1 year ago

Medieval plague doctor

Patty Lloyd
Community Member
1 year ago

I just LOVE this one

Iapetos
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, me and my boyfriend want those!

Kim
Community Member
1 year ago

Bahahahaha winner

Neslihan Güngör
Community Member
1 year ago

Cool

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Although we’re all well into this newly found lifestyle amid the worldwide pandemic, there’s still a bunch of misinformation surfing around. We previously wrote about the new study carried out by the team of scientists at Duke University in North Carolina. Scientists carried out tests on 14 face coverings of different styles, and found out that neck fleeces performed the worst because the material broke down large droplets into smaller ones that spread into the air more easily.

There’s no question that most of the makeshift coverings will not help to stop the spread of coronavirus. But according to Anna Davies, a scientist at The Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery who researches face mask efficacy, “a homemade mask should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be better than no protection.”

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Justine Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

The pic behind him makes it look like there is water being poured into the jug!

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N G
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1 year ago

The walking toilet paper dispenser appears to be empty

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

Yuk. I hope he didn’t steal them.

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Anna also stressed that symptomatic individuals, if they need to come into contact with others (e.g. shared house or trip to hospital), may lower the risk of transmission if a mask is worn. However, Anna warned that “The mask should be very carefully handled and decontaminated before disposal.”

Her study showed that a commonly used t-shirt mask (stretchy cotton fabric was by far the most wearable) was about a third as effective as a surgical mask at filtering small particles, with the same issues of airborne intrusion that surgical masks have. However, the general public is advised to wear one as a minimum barrier to stop face touching when a healthy individual is out on a necessary trip e.g. for food.

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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
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1 year ago

Fabulous!

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When you hate people more than the virus.

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narmadha weerasinghe
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1 year ago

Birdbox

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Caffeinated Hedgehog
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1 year ago

White looks sus

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In a previous interview with Bored Panda, Rick McGuire said that it all started in 2011 when he launched "Subway Creatures" as a website. Fueled by his personal interest in observing commuters and the subway, Rick then launched Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

“NYC has this unspoken rule of 'keep your head down and mind your own business,' but I'm a huge people-watcher. There's so much going on around you at all times and it would be a shame to miss some of these typical 'New York moments.' When I'm on the train, I always find myself looking for obscurities and checking my surroundings. You never know what you'll see!"

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
1 year ago

level failed.try again

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

It's the scary masks on the couple on the right that creep me out.

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i-be-viben
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1 year ago

he looks like the only one actually trying

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“Subway Creatures” has gained a cult following with 2.1 million followers devoted to weird, weirder and the weirdest on subways. This space of everything bizarre captivated Rick as he himself was commuting to work. "I was commuting to work in NYC every day and seeing the wild, bizarre, and crazy things the city has to offer and noticed there really wasn't a place where it was all being documented."

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Bunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

what kind of thought process went into this

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine the condensation.

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

That has to be hot under all that.

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True Blue
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1 year ago

Well it works I guess

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Sergio Bicerra
Community Member
1 year ago

So, which one is the stupid? The guy using a napking or the girl in the back with no mask? At least he's trying

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

Why am I hearing Daft Punk songs lol.

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

He’s either protecting himself against the plague or he’s on his way to a crime.

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Bardhi's Dad
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1 year ago

Phantom in the Subway

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Hubertus Touché
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1 year ago

They say he's a nosey guy...

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Bill
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1 year ago

When I hear people complaining about wearing a mask I remember doing a July hump on Okinawa wearing a gas mask for 5+ miles in full combat gear and chuckle

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Hubertus Touché
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1 year ago

My name is Tyler Lee Little and I come from rural Nantucket. Folks say I look my best with my head stuck in a bucket.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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1 year ago

Honeydew mask. At least he's wearing something!

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Farzana Essop
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1 year ago

Omg why and how have humans survived this long..

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Maiun
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1 year ago

No clue what it is but it looks like he's still managing to pick his nose.

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ML
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1 year ago

She is making a call. Nothing to see here

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
1 year ago

Leaf it out, that’s useless.

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Cinders Hunch
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1 year ago

This looks like the helmet of a hazmat suit. Not so silly.

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StardustRainO8
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1 year ago

It looks like he has a nosebleed and forgot about the tissue for days.

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Flexiegirl94
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1 year ago

How does one breath?!

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tangy chip
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1 year ago

where do i really even start

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ML
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1 year ago

What the heck is that? A pee pan?

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Rabbit Carrot
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1 year ago

Every little helps.

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les
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1 year ago

Hi friends always said he looked like a pussy

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JessG
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1 year ago

It's the same lady we saw before with the scarf tied around the box, LOL!

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Dotzilla
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1 year ago

At least he is covering his nose?

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