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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2 months ago

Stairway to Hastings.

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2 months 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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2 months ago

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

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Doggo Froggo
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2 months ago

I wonder how many times that has happened to him?

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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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2 months ago

lmfao was le stormtrooper running from Darth Vader?

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Ani Archeron
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2 months ago

One monocle short of an Umbrella Academy father!

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TheGirlWithTheZen
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2 months 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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2 months ago

D A M N the woman hoped you wouldnt notice

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A.M. Pierre
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2 months 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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2 months ago

Love this!!

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Lia_not_Liar
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2 months ago

Wha-

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N G
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2 months ago

LVL 999 - spot who's missing their leg

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Lauren Caswell
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2 months ago

Dimception

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Ani Archeron
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2 months ago

Confused vampire makes first attempt at modern transportation

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Doggo Froggo
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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

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

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Doggo Froggo
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2 months ago

Aaawww - that is so cute!

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glowworm2
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2 months ago

Hah! For an entire hour!

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Raksha swami
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2 months ago

Maybe he was cosplaying among us

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Doggo Froggo
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2 months 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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2 months ago

Absent mindedness when doing routine things is unbelievable!

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Teucer T
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2 months 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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2 months 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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Sista of the moon
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2 months ago

Hell no

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

Cheesy.

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ADHORTATOR
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2 months 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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2 months 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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2 months ago

Don' t mess with the Polish, especially polish women

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2 months ago

🎵Her name is Margo🎵

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

You empty son of a ---!

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Julia Atkinson
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2 months ago

Trouserless Confrontation- my new indie band

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mulk
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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

I guess he had no web.

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2 months ago

He sounds nice.

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CrEaTiVe_duck
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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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

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Doggo Froggo
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2 months ago

That is so sad....

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

Is this the same pigeon?

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Mohsie Supposie
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2 months ago

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

elfin
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1 month ago

I consider it cruelty to animals.

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tmw
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1 month ago

more shockingly, he is in the HANDICAPPED space. not cool

Aragorn II Elessar
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1 month ago

The bird is handicapped. Doesn’t even have hands

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Lynn Morello
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1 month ago

Poor bird, He won't live long with a diet of Macca's.

Vicki Perizzolo
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1 month ago

that's NOT good for them!!!

Fiercepelt
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1 month ago

That's really bad for the bird... my family would only ever feed lorikeets fruit

Panda-riffic
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1 month ago

That's odd. They usually only eat fruit and nectars. ;-)

Abigail Seaholtz
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1 month ago

hehehehe that so cute

Christine Ladyman
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1 month ago

Nooooo!

Iara Ra
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1 month ago

Love Australia

Cybele Spanjaard
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1 month ago

Does he not know Maccas is not healthy ..even the salad bits!

ravina nimje
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1 month ago

Pets always want to eat whatever their parents are eating. My mother's dog tries to every single thing my mom eats, she even tried to eat her medication.

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1 month ago

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Teresa Taylor
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1 month ago

That's cruel. No bird should have to eat that garbage.

Katherine Boag
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2 months ago

Better than a bin chicken

shaDoria
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2 months ago

he looks like Tom Felton

El Dee
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1 month ago

Looks human to me..

AzKhaleesi
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1 month ago

There is nothing wrong with this. I have 11 feather babies, and my blue and gold goes almost everywhere with me and she too likes mcdonald's, french fries to be exact. And Chickie Nuggies, (don't ask)

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James016
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2 months ago

Could be a regular thing for him.

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Julia Atkinson
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2 months 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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2 months ago

ok

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