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 things spotted on the subway. 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 metro stations, vintage photos of New York’s subway and even more baffling things on the subway.
This Punk Helping A Woman Carry Heavy Stuff In Berlin’s Subway
You Can’t Bring Your Dog On The Subway In New York Unless It Fits In A Bag
My New Spirit Animal
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.
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.
Iron Man Is Alive
When You Match The Subway
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 In 1898, the technically outdated two-line Vienna Metropolitan Railway in Vienna was opened which was operated by steam trains.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.
Would You Accept?
Sooooo, My Friend Found His Doppleganger In The Subway Last Night
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.
If I Ignore Them, Maybe They’ll Go Away
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 sounds of the subway, just like us.
On The Train On The Way Home From Oktoberfest
The Tube’s Infamous “Balloon Bandit”. He Makes Balloon Animals And Quickly Goes Back To His Book
This Guy Has A Turtle Shell Backpack
This Sign On The London Underground Reminding People To Respect The British Culture
Dad’s Trying To Keep Up With Technology
Just Another Day On The Subway
Chilling Out On The Tube… Like A Boss
More Concerned About The Guy On The Bottom Right Tbh
Sleepy Pup On His Way Downtown
Einstein Achieves Time Travel (Subway, Buenos Aires)
This Pigeon Is Out Here Looking Like Every NYer Waiting For The Train
We’ve Reached That Point Of Summer Where Pad Installation Is Necessary
His Name Is John Cena
Taking The Underground Subway In Seoul. I Stumbled Upon A Train That Had Been Converted Into A Grocery Store
Some Would Call It Art
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”
Actually Pretty High Odds
On The Way To Pick Up Their Kids From Their Ex Wives
There Was A Fight At My Subway Stop, This Was The Aftermath
London Underground Seems Weird Today
This Is Art
Ladies And Gentlemen, I Give You The World’s Worst Person
Normal Morning Until I Took The Subway
A Cinderella Story
Pet Bananas Are Allowed In Subway As Long As They Are On A Leash
Just What The Heck, New York
So NYC MTA (Subway) Banned All Dogs Unless The Owner Carries Them In A Bag. I Think This Owner Nailed It
This Guy’s Lunch Made It Onto The Train Without Him This Morning
The Only Guy Guaranteed A Seat On The Tube At Rush Hour
Fixing Broken Subway Doors, The German Way
Saw This On The Subway
What A Racket!!!
Note: this post originally had 89 images. It’s been shortened to the top 46 images based on user votes.