Prior to the pandemic, an estimated 34 million times each weekday, people boarded public transportation. In 2019 alone, Americans took 9.9 billion trips on public transportation, according to the APTA. The numbers speak for themselves, making commuting a quintessential part of our pre-Covid lives.

But what makes being crammed into a tiny space with more strangers that you could count a one-of-a-kind experience is the sense of the unexpected. The colors, smells, glances, murmurs, the sounds of clearing one’s throat, it has it all. The good, the bad, and the weird.

So, when James Felton, a comedy writer with 278.5K followers on Twitter, asked people “What’s the weirdest thing you saw on your commute?” it just seemed natural that everyone would have a lot to share in that department.

Let’s see what happens behind the sweaty doors of our urban rapid systems where the things you see stay with you for all time.

Image credits: JimMFelton
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Serial pacifist
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Stairway to Hastings.

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1 month ago

that' s nice

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Bored Panda reached out to James Felton, the man behind this Twitter thread, comedy writer, and the author of the book “52 Times Britain was a Bellend.” James’s question “What’s the weirdest thing you saw on your commute?” got 9k likes, but with James’s 278.5K-strong Twitter audience, this is not something out of the ordinary.

When asked how James got the idea to ask his followers about the weirdest things that happened to them while commuting, he recounted an incident which got him thinking if it was only him feeling weirded out on the train. 

“I was just thinking about how weird it was that I used to commute every day, happily sat in the luggage rack like a bag, when I remembered that a guy brought out a potato from his briefcase (no foil, just loose) and began crunching away like it was a fine pear, and wondered if anybody had similar tales.”

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A.M. Pierre
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1 month ago

I so wish they knew the rest of the story behind this.

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Doggo Froggo
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1 month ago

I wonder how many times that has happened to him?

WholesomeArmyweeb
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1 month ago

Either frequently, or he has a huge hat collection and is very unbothered 🧐

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Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

As a rat that lives in the underground, we appreciate being left articles like this; they provide us with warmth in cold times. We revere this type of human. Yours, a rat, via a lost smart phone.

Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

Lol I was confused til the last sentence, that's hilarious!! Lol :D

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James016
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1 month ago

*wonders how many flat caps there are lurking in the tube network*

Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

He was probably from Yorkshire. We regard the loss of a flat cap as yet another minor misery of life, not a tragedy

Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago

Wonder how many he has in there!

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

well if there were 3 then it will be known as a hattrick

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Sarah Lishman
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1 month ago

That is the mark of a true Londoner

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

it sure is

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Mary Peace
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1 month ago

At the very end of the tunnel, there's an enormous pile of hats...

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

Or the rats are wearing them

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Lucy Skinner
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1 month ago

I wonder how many hats he had!

54
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1 month ago

Always come prepared

Lorrie Rothstein
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1 month ago

bottomless bags of hats

Iggy
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1 month ago

He should invest in a clip-on chin strap.

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

or a baby bonnet

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Petra Schaap
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1 month ago

this would make my day if i saw it :-D

Mildred Thompson
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1 month ago

Seemed he was used to it - and prepared. To save money, he should take his cap off until the train gets by.

Billy The Kid
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1 month ago

This station, did it happen at HATTON gardens?

Naomi Cline
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1 month ago

Must be a boyscout😛

Tracy Wolfe
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1 month ago

I’ve always misunderstood how a female kept the head warm.

CharliAnn Olney
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1 month ago

Unflappable Brits pretty much always ready for anything!

Wendy
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1 month ago

Might have been a Yarmulke

Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

Sounds like my departed and his pipes..he left them on trains ..no you could not smoke on trains..but he still lost them on trains..

Henry C Myers
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1 month ago

What's great about this is how its happened enough to him so he knows to pack a spare.

Owen May-Nolker
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1 month ago

*this is america in the backround* 🤣🤣

PaulV
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1 month ago

He's a hat researcher in the sub-specialty, "resistance to removal by wind".

JuJu
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1 month ago

I want to attain his level of IDFC.

Cameron Alford
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1 month ago

i laughed so hard i farted

Esté
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1 month ago

I read cat flap... Enough internets for today!

James Pointer
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1 month ago

Can't change the clothes of cartoon characters, that would be weird..

Marissa Taylor
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1 month ago

gotta love a guy with a back up plan..er hat

Michelle M
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1 month ago

*Cap gets pulled off again*. Man brings out a beret

Michelle M
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1 month ago

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Paizleypie
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1 month ago

Been there, done that.

Sawdust
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1 month ago

Bartholomew Cubbins?

Alexis Davar
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1 month ago

Smoooth.

Charlotte A.
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1 month ago

I read cat flap instead of flat cap - took me a while to figure out what was wrong.... :p

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The comedy writer believes that many people found the question so relatable since “I’m pretty sure everyone who commutes has a story like this (or far weirder), it’s just what happens when you cram half of humanity into a tin two times a day, five days a week.”

Public transport being a perfect place for the weird and the weirder things of the world to occur is no secret to anyone. The question “Why are there always weird people on the bus?” was recently posed on Quora, where people shared their insights on the matter.

According to Rob Davis, retired bus supervisor, it may come down to the fact that public transport bears a “concentration of those whose situation keeps them from owning a car,” which suggests that people from all walks of life come together under this one big moving roof.

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CrEaTiVe_duck
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1 month ago

lmfao was le stormtrooper running from Darth Vader?

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Ani Archeron
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1 month ago

One monocle short of an Umbrella Academy father!

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TheGirlWithTheZen
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1 month ago

I can just visualize the entire compartment listening with horrified fascination - Don't really want to know, but cant bear to stop listening & get off at their stops. XD

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CrEaTiVe_duck
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1 month ago

D A M N the woman hoped you wouldnt notice

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A.M. Pierre
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1 month ago

Aww, that would make my day. I'm a sucker for animals being all anthropomorphic.

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On the other hand, there’s a lot of stigma on people who travel in the US by public transport. It’s not a secret that some commuters are labeled “weirdos” because of their distinctive looks, odd behaviors etc. However, as long as nobody does any harm and abides by the public rules, no one, especially those who’re most vulnerable, deserves to be looked down upon.

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TheGirlFromTheNorth
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1 month ago

Love this!!

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Lia_not_Liar
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1 month ago

Wha-

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N G
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1 month ago

LVL 999 - spot who's missing their leg

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Lauren Caswell
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1 month ago

Dimception

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Ani Archeron
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Confused vampire makes first attempt at modern transportation

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That's not weird, it's cool. Far better than being a sheep.

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But commuting as we knew it before is likely to change after the pandemic is over. Many people are now opting for healthier and safer alternatives like bikes. In fact, the decrease in public transport has made the air quality around the world way better, and with bikes staying as a popular commute alternative, the chances are, the cleaner air will partly remain this way.

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Phendrena
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1 month ago

Dog farts are bad enough, but with added Egg niff. Nasty nasty whiff.

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Aaawww - that is so cute!

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Hah! For an entire hour!

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1 month ago

Maybe he was cosplaying among us

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1 month ago

Lol.

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Commuting has also been affected by the newly established work from home model. As the previous stigma against it has disappeared during the pandemic, it’s now expected that many remote workers will intend to work from home even after the pandemic is over.

This will immensely impact public transportation, and according to Moshe Lander, an economist at Concordia University, we are going to see major shifts. “It’s going to have broader implications for urban planning and for residential and commercial design as well,” she commented.

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago

Absent mindedness when doing routine things is unbelievable!

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Teucer T
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1 month ago

How can you get mad at Terry Pratchett? Oh, wait... He wasn't an MP, was he?

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Hugh Cookson
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1 month ago

Been there done that - once, working as a hotel manager in a v posh hotel that was hosting a society wedding this particular day - lived 30 minutes away and was late, rushed out of the door in my morning suit and Sandals ...... thankfully, someone found a pair of shoes that fitted.

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1 month ago

Hell no

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1 month ago

Cheesy.

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

an apple a day keeps the doctor away...for the rest, she got the knife

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A.M. Pierre
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1 month ago

It's like being in Atlanta during DragonCon. It's a yearly event, so no one really bats an eye at all the cosplayers.

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1 month ago

Don' t mess with the Polish, especially polish women

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Lia_not_Liar
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1 month ago

🎵Her name is Margo🎵

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago

When you don't have a fork, you have to improvise!

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1 month ago

You empty son of a ---!

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

Trouserless Confrontation- my new indie band

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mulk
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1 month ago

This girl? disaster-girl.jpg disaster-girl.jpg

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1 month ago

I guess he had no web.

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Doggo Froggo
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1 month ago

He sounds nice.

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CrEaTiVe_duck
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1 month ago

this is a type of convesation i would have with my friend

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Doggo Froggo
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1 month ago

Mmmmmhhhhh.................... Vienetta!!!!

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1 month ago

for those of you too lazy to google, gilipollas basically means douchebag/idiot/asshole in Spanish! :)

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1 month ago

That is so sad....

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago

Is this the same pigeon?

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Mohsie Supposie
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1 month ago

Hey, lorikeets have a right to eat McDonald's too!

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James016
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1 month ago

Could be a regular thing for him.

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Julia Atkinson
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1 month ago

I was on a bus when the driver got out, picked up a bagful of fallen apples in a field, got back on and said "Sorry about that, my friend has a horse"

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Owen Salmon2028
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1 month ago

ok

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