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22 Photos That Serve As Proof That The NYC Subway Station Is A Whole Underground Culture

Global metropolia are a microcosm of the beauty and pure weirdness of human existence. If you walk the streets of main capitals and urban epicenters such as New York City, Mexico City, Paris, Tokyo, Madrid or Buenos Aires or Los Angeles, you will find all sorts of characters. Some dare to be themselves amidst the sometimes monochromatic urban landscape, while others are just minding their business but are out into situations that are frankly uncanny (for example, see the lady casually transporting her calaveras further down this article!).

We have taken un clavado in the depth of the Internet to find some of the many odd situations that city dwellers have encountered while taking the subway. Yes, a subway line is a world within itself!

1. When a Spanish grandma that looks like outta Game of Thrones suddenly offers abuelita advice

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This surreal scene from the Madrid subway features a maiden known as “chulapa”, which is a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. Muy maja la viejecita, joer!

2. When you turn around and there is a human unicorn crouching beside you

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This man in the Tokyo subway certainly wanted to make an impression with his big hair horn that doesn’t even fit in the carriage. Hey, nothing against hipster culture, pero este dude just goes a step too far. Again, cada quien con su pelo, but we can’t help but wonder what led this caballero to turn his long melena into a horn!

3. When you realize your fellow passenger is VERY confused

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So shall we break the news to him that he is not Black and that reading this is like, extra creepy? No, dude, you do not look cool reading this.

4. When chance delights us with an unexpected artistic performance

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What a delightful moment The perfect timing and the ideal snapshot by @melanietaylor126. This woman has a nicely trimmed beard and a tie… or does she?

5. When the contents of a box labeled books is basically… un pollo

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It is odd enough to see a live chicken in the NYC subway, but the box labeled “BOOKS” gives this scene an extra touch like out of a Twilight Zone episode, doesn’t it?

6. When Pikachu is in da house!

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We wonder if this huge botarga even fit through the door. We hope the little yellow dude didn’t miss his station. And wait, does he have Ryan Reynolds’ voice?

7. When you casually showcase your cyborg body modification art in the NYC subway

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Aun Helden is a Brazilian artists that creates confronting characters using body modification and latex bodysuits that make her look like out of a nightmarish David Cronenberg film (did y’all watch the classic 1980s version of The Fly?). Well, she decided to take her art to the insides of the city, very fitting for her cybernetic approach to bodies and art.

8. And people start filming you… or run for their lives!

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Yes, it is art, but we can only imagine el pinche susto that her fellow passengers experienced by seeing her in this alien costume. Ay nanita, un bolillo pal susto, porfis. 

9. When an old karate master travels around with a figurine of himself

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Is he a ventriloquist or just someone totally obsessed with himself? Whatever the case, we just can’t stop staring at this strange sensei.

10. When you are not sure whether the creepy girl from The Ring is following you around

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Talking about small twin figurines. We would storm out of the carriage if we faced this creature that comes out of our darkest nightmares. Samara, please do no take us with you!

11. When you bump into famous actor Paul Giamatti and you don’t know if you should ask him for an autograph or give him un abrazo de oso

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Paul Giamatti made a name for himself by playing depressed middle-aged dudes in movies like American Splendor and Sideways. Well, this photo makes us remember his iconic characters. We would have approached him and offered him una chelita y un cotorreo. He just looks so lonely.

12. When you see someone holding a live rat with his teeth. Is that Remy from Ratatouille?

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You are going back home and suddenly you see someone carrying a live rodent with his teeth. Is it a pet or just a recently rescued stray ratita? 

13. When there is a pokemon right in the middle of the tracks at the Mexico City crazy and chaotic subway

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The Mexico City subway is now famous for containing a lot of special creatures from the popular geolocative game Pokemon Go! Just don’t try to catch them all during rush hour!

14. When you see your childhood favorites boarding your wagon

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This vintage photo comes out of a promo shoot featuring the characters from Odisea Burbujas, a show that many Mexicans and Latinos from all over the continent grew up with. Ask your uncles or parents and se les sale una lagrimita.

15. When a woman travels with her calaveras, that seem to be spying on you

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Strange thing is: this is a totally normal scene in the highly surreal Mexican capital. It is just a woman minding her own business, transporting her calaveras.

16. When you encounter the absolute champion of manspreading 

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Seriously, pendejo, you are taking three seats, including one reserved for people with mobility issues! If there were pendejo Olympics, this champion manspreader would take home two or three gold medals.

17. When the subway turns into a quinces!

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What is more chilango (Mexico City native) than having a photoshoot for your quinces in a subway carriage? Look at the contrasting expressions in the fellow passengers’ faces.

18. When you suddenly meet Shaun the Sheep!

 

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It is not enough to bring a gorgeous sheep on the train, you have to add a baseball cap put on backwards to increase the hilarity factor!

19. When this grandma has had enough of those pinches effboys

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We wonder if this woman even knows what “No time for fuckboys” even means. Anyway, we love the message. Strong, independent women unite!

20. And the pothead version of Santa Clós makes a guest appearance

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OMG, this dude is equally hilarious and adorable. A Santa Claus for those who enjoy un toquecito.

21. When a dude thinks he is Spider-Man in the middle of the trip

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OK, then. We just hope the train didn’t come to a sudden halt or the fall must have been bien pinche dolorosa.

22. And when the Mexico City subway turns into Venice, Italy!

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Many stations in the enormous Mexico City subway network need an urgent manita de gato. When it rains in CDMX it really pours, as shown in this photograph that evidences the solidarity of Mexican people. This is a great moment out of an unfortunate situation.

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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