Just Another Normal Day on The Train: The Weird & Hilarious Things Happening On The Subway
Dec 08, 2019
Scratch My Back?
In 2016, about 5.7 million people rode the New York City subway. Add in the number of subway commuters in the U.S. in general and we can conclude that it’s a popular mode of transportation. The subway is also where a sense of normalcy seems to stop.
People can be strange, and that statement isn’t truer than when talking about the folks you meet on a subway ride. Fortunately, a few of the peculiar antics of some subway commuters have been caught on camera. We compiled a list of weird, mind-blowing, and hilarious things that happen on the subway.
Inner Peace While Commuting
We’ve seen a contortionist, a hanging man, and now, there’s the yogist. We have to admit that this isn’t the first of subway yoga snaps we’ve come across but this lady is completely in the zone which makes the photo even more intriguing.
Leave alone the fact that she set up her exercise mat on the subway and started channeling her inner yogi, but we can’t fail to mention that she is quite limber. If she runs a yoga studio and was using this public display to drum up business, she definitely caught the attention of the man standing nearby.
What Can You Do While Waiting For The Subway? Shave Your Legs!
Life gets crazy, particularly if you have a 9 to 5 job that keeps you constantly on the move. Understandably, we might let ourselves go at times because we simply don’t have the time to perform some grooming needs.
On the other hand, the lady above proves that you can always squeeze in time to get some grooming done—like shaving your legs. A video of this woman shaving her legs, oblivious to her surroundings, was taken in 2018 at the subway stop in Times Square. The video and photos went viral because it isn’t something you see every day.
An Unusual Coffin Procession Straight To The Rails
The subway systems across the globe are popular modes of transportation, and they serve a wide range of commuters. Most people simply use this public means of transportation because it’s affordable. Plus, it often helps forego traffic. Also, some people prefer the subway because it allows them to ferry a diverse range of items at no extra cost.
Above, we see a group of men carrying a coffin to the subway. From what we gather, it isn’t empty. The photo is a still taken from a video that captured the extraordinary event. The gentlemen even managed to get the coffin past the turnstiles!
An Encounter With Some Subway Furries
What in the fur is going on above? We are still trying to wrap our heads around it, and we conclude that the gentleman above might be wearing some form of costume. The cosplay scene has expanded, and we won’t put it past the man above to have thrown on something for an impromptu convention.
The only shortcoming we see with his costume is the fact that it makes sitting rather difficult. We also can’t miss the furry set of ears! We imagine the tail kept the man on his toes the entire time.
This Man Is Not Amused With The Toenail Clipping Action That’s Going On
We’ve seen the woman who decided to shave her legs while waiting for the subway. Now, meet the woman who chose to clip her toenails in the subway. She’s keen on the task at hand and not bothered by her surroundings. However, the look on the man next to her spells out the disapproval we all feel.
Similar photos of subway commuters who clip their nails on the subway sparked numerous open letters shared online. One published on Mic.com back in 2013 sums what we would all like to tell the lady that her action is “disgusting and inhospitable.”
It’s A Good Day To Make A Fashion Statement By Matching Outfits With The Train Seat
There are self-proclaimed subway spotters who love to use the rapid transit system to pick up on new trends. It’s the place to see people step out in unique and fashionable clothes. On some occasions, you guys might even bump into someone wearing a similar outfit. However, it isn’t every day that you end up wearing something that matches something on the subway.
Call it sheer coincidence, but we believe there’s a reason why the man above ended up sitting on a subway seat with a pattern that matched the one on his shirt. The man looks quite happy with the accidental camouflage.
We Are Cordially Invited To An Artistic Snooze Session
It isn’t uncommon for subway commuters to take a snooze, particularly on long rides. After all, some of them travel very early in the morning to start off their day. On the other hand, others travel in the evening when going back home. One scene you don’t see often is a mass snooze session, like the one above.
Honestly, the image looks like it’s taken right out of a renaissance painting! The lot seems to have taken a train home from a party, which could explain why they were extremely fatigued. It seems to be alcohol-induced, and the poor guys couldn’t help but fall asleep in this artistic position.
Butcher Shop On The Go
We can now say we’ve seen it all after seeing what looks like a butcher shop inside the subway. The photo even sparked debate online concerning its authenticity. Have you ever come across a subway with a butcher stand selling diverse meat cuts?
As it turns out, there is a Chinese commuter train that does have a butcher stand inside the subway. In fact, it opens three days a week. The subway from the Cheongdam Station and a few others started operations in 2008, selling diverse agricultural products. Best yet, the products are apparently 30% cheaper compared to market prices!
The Curious Case Of The Great Dane
As long as they don’t appear dangerous, you can take your pooch along with you on the subway in London. It’s also required that the canines should remain leashed or within a crate. Also, they are not allowed on the seats. However, the Great Dane above broke all the rules.
The dog was spotted comfortably perched on a seat in the Underground Central line in London. The image first appeared on Reddit. Someone even commented that they saw the dog’s owner carrying the pooch in the escalator! According to the subway rules, this is to prevent them from hurting their paws while getting on and off.
TBH, We’re More Concerned About The Guy On The Bottom Right…
Halloween is that day of the year that brings out all the crazies, and a ride on the subway is quite something on this occasion. However, when it isn’t Halloween or a day close to the spook-tacular holiday, anyone wearing a costume on the subway raises curiosity.
There isn’t an occasion when seeing anyone dressed up as The Nun would be less scary. The photo above doesn’t help things. It’s even creepier when you look at the man sitting on the bottom left side of the photo. This is one train we are happy to have missed.
There’s A Glitch In The Matrix
When you enter the subway, you should open your mind to witnessing the unconventional. It can sometimes be like watching an episode of The Twighlight Zone. You might be traveling with regular folk, and the trip might start normally before something unusual catches your attention.
It looks like a scene right out of the Matrix, and we’re left wondering if what we’re seeing is some form of a glitch. Perhaps the bald gentlemen were from a Mr. Clean convention, or—as we have come to realize about all things that happen on the subway—it’s just a coincidence.
The Aftermath Of A Hair Raising Fight
All sorts of people use the subway, and there are bound to be a couple of misunderstandings. We’ve seen videos of subway arguments sparked by small things. There’s that one commuter who accidentally stepped on toes or that person hogging a seat.
Most of these brawls usually start at the subway stop, and the photo above seems to capture the aftermath of one. It seems like some hair extensions were lost, a couple of toupees, and handfuls of strands. If anything, this is a fight we would have wanted to witness in video form because it looks like it would snatch our wigs off.
Pest Control Services Required
You never know what kind of pests and critters are drudged into the subway daily. Fortunately, subway trains run a lot of advertisements. Actually, we bet one of them is about pest control services that can greatly benefit the transit service providers.
The photo above is one of those perfectly timed pictures, which gives a subliminal message. Below, we can see a bunch of crabs congregated, which leaves us with more questions unanswered. Above, we see an advertisement. Combined with all the crabs below, it provides an entirely different message.
We Feel Sorry For The Owner Of This Missing Lunch
The subway also provides an opportunity to meet new people and strike up interesting conversations. However, most people often prefer to keep to themselves, and the best way to create that shield is by staying glued to your phone.
Perhaps, on this particular day, the sandwich stuck on the subway’s doors would have been a great conversation starter. Most couldn’t even resist taking a photo of it! Our guess is that the sandwich owner was getting off the train just when the doors were about to close. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get their lunch out on time.
It Never Hurts To Smile
Continuing with the subject about meeting new people on the subway, if you are one of those people who set out to make new friends, it all starts with a smile. Before you even say a word to anyone, your body language will make them decide whether or not they want to engage with you.
The guy above with his permanently plastered creepy face mask might not make you warm up to them. In fact, you might want to move a few seats away from him because you can’t tell what’s going on underneath the mask.
A Good Night’s Rest
Going back to sleeping on the subway, if you’ve ever caught a good rest on the train you know that it’s quite possible and refreshing. Not everyone can get a good rest with the motions of the train and they might need a little help to enjoy some shut-eye.
Case in point is the guy above who decided to make the most out of his commute by getting as comfortable as he could. He set up a hammock and didn’t have any trouble catching some much-needed sleep on his way to wherever he was headed.
Before And After?
This picture sums up what New York City is all about – diversity. NYC is the hub of various ideas and art movements, and it’s also a melting pot of different cultures. Ethnic diversity is often a controversial subject but we choose to focus on the positives.
That’s why we can’t help but break into a smile seeing this picture because if anything it reminds us of the bigger picture. It sends an even stronger message about what NYC represents. It’s the city that gave a home to everyone who needed it and amongst the few places where you can snap such a photo.
What… Can’t A Girl Just Hang Around?
Here is yet another case of a subway commuter just hanging around. There’s possibly sitting space around and therefore, we must assume that this lady took the subway to put on a show. For some reason, other travelers have steered clear of the area.
We’ll give it to her for having the courage and flexibility to perform such moves in public. She clearly set out to entertain and that’s what she’s achieved. We still feel antsy about subway hangers because they heighten their chances of a slip and fall incident.
Keep Cool And Stay Still
Let’s start by giving it to the lady sitting next to the covertly dressed creature. She might as well have a Ph.D. in minding her own business because if it were anyone else they would probably break out in laughter or possibly run away.
But who’s the fella who looks like they rolled in the meadow only to catch the subway to wherever? Could it be a sniper or soldier in training on their way to a covert training session? We’ll never know but this photo serves to remind us that you have to be ready for anything when you take a subway ride.
Hold On To Your Nostrils!
It gets tiring keeping a 9 to 5 and relying on public transportation to get you between work and home. It doesn’t help if the distance traveled is far and the best of us have found ourselves catching some shut-eye on the subway.
The lady above must have been extremely exhausted to go into what we can best describe as a catatonic state of sleep in an equally peculiar position. We can’t imagine how she felt when she woke up because it might have felt like she had been punched in the face. If anything, we hope that she didn’t miss her stop.
Can It Get Any Darker?
In our opinion, two things are ruining this girl’s style. One is the fact that she’s riding the subway instead of flying away in a witches’ broom. The other is the color of her bag, which is not black.
But don’t get us wrong. We’re not criticizing this young woman’s style; on the contrary; we’re admirers of her commitment to her unique look. We cannot believe she went as far as getting a pet raven to complete it! Let’s hope she’s heading out to a beautiful Metal concert and not to a Salem-styled ritual fest where that well-behaved raven will most likely end up sacrificed.
Always Protect the Endangered Species
The problem with getting out of the house dressed as a giant panda is that society is not fully ready to accommodate you. The metro doors, for instance, were designed for people who are not dressed as a giant panda. For that reason, this lovely creature is making a fuss in the subway after getting stuck in the door.
Trying to help the endangered bamboo-loving species, these three subway officers are doing their best to push our giant panda inside the carriage. Let’s hope the man/woman wearing the suit will not be late for his/her panda-related appointment.
The Perfect Timing
When we first glanced at this picture, we felt very disturbed and creeped out. But after taking a closer look, we have realized this man’s head isn’t yellow. This funny and perfectly-timed snap is the work of a talented subway photographer who knows all there is to know about pressing ‘shoot’ in the best possible moment.
The nails in the subway’s yellow holding bar are an excellent replacement for the human eyes. Its circular shape kind of looks like a sort of head when seen from the right perspective.
She Comes In Peace
A lot of people just wear simple clothes when they ride the subway and it looks like everyone just wants to be left in peace and unbothered. For the woman in the photo above, it looks like she was in the mood to turn heads on the subway that.
She wore what looks likes a knitted alien mask. It’s either she was sleeping under the mask and didn’t want to mind the world around her or she wanted to entertain people. Either way, we’re sure it was a great story she told her friends and family.
Time Stands Still
The types of subway snoozers are diverse and we have the standing sleepers like the woman above. Sometimes you simply can’t fight off the heavy eyes, and the motions of the subway can lull the best of us into a state of slumber.
This lady must have had a super early morning and she couldn’t resist catching a few minutes of sleep. Fortunately, she has a metal aid with her that’s providing chin support and possibly keeping her standing even with the bumps experienced during a subway ride. For her sake, we hope the ride wasn’t too short so that she can rejuvenate.
Cool Outfit, Bro
We all know that it’s best to mind your own business and avoid eye contact when riding the subway. That’s unless you enjoy small talk or even ride the subway as a way of meeting new people or making friends.
However, we would break this rule if we were in the same subway as the man in the dress holding what seems like a duck-shaped mini boat. He went all out and paired his grey dress with white stockings and we can’t help but wonder the story behind it all. The lady sitting nearby seems to be following her gut and decided to mind her own business.
Happy Feet Live At The London Underground
If you watched the movie called Happy Feet, then there’s a chance that you want to see a penguin in real life. For people in the London Underground, there was a day where the subway station was infested with penguins. Well, people in penguin costumes who didn’t have anything better to do that day.
It looks like all the people here were willing to spend money on this penguin train invasion because all their costumes are identical. They also completed the whole look by putting on face paint. The guy wearing the glasses on the right looked like he could care le
No, It’s Not A Tarantino Movie
Kids are adorably cute and when we come across them on the subway most of us can’t help making faces at them. This toddler, however, was out to leave other commuters in awe, showing off his flexible moves in sync with his mom.
Talk of a massive overdose of cuteness in one photo! It takes us back to when we were super flexible and can’t even recall it. The mom also gets points for going along with the picture-perfect move. We are sure this was a fun trip for the little one and also a memorable one.
Wow, Has Traffic Gotten That Bad?
Going back to the things that people bring on the subway ride along with them we wouldn’t have ever imagined seeing a car as one of them. The two conflicting modes of transportation barely makes sense, right? But we are once again proven wrong, and we have to wonder, was the traffic too much?
Also, how did he manage to get the automobile past the turnstiles? Maybe it’s a form of mobility support vehicle we don’t know about. Either way, he gets to enjoy the best of both worlds with his personalized choice of music, air conditioning, and comfortable seats.
Knitting Your Way To The Top
If you add up all the time we spend on the subway you’ll realize that it’s more than enough and also the best opportunity to pick up a new skill. You could polish your language skills by taking along books or audiotapes for the ride.
The man above decided to use the time to get some knitting done. He also seems to have gotten good at it because he’s donning a knitted ensemble which he probably worked on himself. He’s possibly an up and coming NYC designer who is ready to take the subway by storm.
It’s Always Training Time
Anna McNulty is a popular young YouTuber who is known for her series of flexibility videos and the photos she posts on her social media accounts. She’s even spawned several challenges with multiple people trying to achieve the ultra-flexible poses she does.
Above, she showed us how she passes the time when she’s waiting for the subway. We tip our hats at how she makes posing for the move look like she’s almost limbless. Great thing is that she offers flexibility tutorials on her YouTube channel and perhaps some of us who would like to learn a thing or two have hope.