Manspread! Most are in agreement that it’s a bad thing. Boo! Hiss! Shake your fist at the manspreaders and even at the word itself. As with any societal ill though, there’s another side to the equation, and finally someone (comedian Mark Malkoff) has spoken to some men (more comedians) about why they sit spread out in the subway. Turns out that they suffer from a genetic abnormality known as “manspreaditis,” which beyond being a medically inaccurate term*, causes its sufferers to always have their legs in an exaggerated, spread out position.
No matter where you fall on the manspread debate, everyone should be able to admit that from the men gamely clomping down subway stairs in an almost crab walk to the men all trying to hug in a circle with their legs spread out, this is some impressive physical comedy.
Ever wonder what would happen if that polite male subway automaton stopped politely asking you to “offer your seat” and report “suspicious packages” and started getting real? You no longer have to, thanks to this video of a re-imagined morning commute, where the subway voice goes from gently advocating basic human courtesy to haranguing passengers for everything from their eco-consciousness to their choice in pets.
Whether you relate more to the woman drinking a Starbucks latte or the guy who’s just offended that anyone would prefer dogs over cats, there’s something in this video for every straphanger. That said, let’s not let this good-natured laugh at ourselves make us forget about all the stuff the MTA is doing wrong. Keep those pitchforks held high, folks. (more…)
Bangs. Sure you might think experimenting with them might make you look unique, in a “cute hipster girl” way, but the fact of the matter is that they probably won’t. The good news is you’re not alone if you’ve taken that regrettable step to grow hair over your forehead and possibly down into your eyes. The Partnership For A Bangs-Free America is here to help, whether through emotional support for bangs survivors or providing the strength to say “No,” for someone wavering on choosing bangs. If you need help, don’t be afraid to call. (more…)
Coming soon to the subways: Posters telling you this isn’t cool. via Saving Room for Cats
We’re all angry at the MTA for our looming $116.50 monthly MetroCard that’s coming for us in March next year, but today, we come not to bury the MTA but to praise it. We all complained about man-spread on the subway, and they’ve listened, telling the press that next January they’re rolling out an “awareness campaign” dedicated to telling people not to take up two seats by either spreading out or putting their backpacks on seats. Well, with these PSAs out of the way, Philadelphia once again has nothing to lord over us. (more…)
What’s truly rude is that Philly beat us to it. Photo by Meghan Stephens
We don’t know what it is about dudes and their professed need to sit with legs spread so wide they start taking up two seats at a time on the subway. Yet it happens so often that Saving Room For Cats never seems to run out of material, and amNewYork did an entire report on the shithead behavior. Newsflash: Your balls? Not that big. Yet while we persist in thinking Tumblrs and outraged commuters interviewed in newspapers will make a change, it turns out that Philadelphia is just going with the pure public shaming route, with the above signs plastered on their trolley system. If these PSAs are good enough for Philadelphia, they’re certainly good enough for New York City. (more…)
Good lord, this thing has more tension than the trailer for Alien. Who made this, master of horror John Carpenter? And while he ad itself is scary, the only thing scarier are the YouTube comments from people confidently saying, “Oh yeah but if it was me, I’d totally be able to get back up.” Stay off the tracks, you dummies. (more…)
Exercise bike? Fine. Not a regular bike. via Flickr user Jun Seita
As you may know, there was a car that burst into flames on the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday. Dramatic! And as seen in the link, plenty of people stopped to take pictures. Bedford + Bowery got an interview with one of the photographers, and while talking about seeing the car on fire, she mentioned that she had been “watching ‘Burn Notice’ on my iPhone’s Netflix” while riding her bike over the bridge. This passed without comment on B+B, so allow me to chime in here: Jesus, that is a dangerous and not smart thing to do. (more…)