The One About The Underground

Dear Sam,

As I am tucked under the comforts of my duvet on this fine Thursday morning on my day off, I can’t help but think about you scurrying off to get on the tube on rush hour. (Tough)

There are many fun facts about the Underground and as your fun fact generator, I feel it is my duty to bestow them to you.

1. Three babies have been born on the tube. (So i wonder on the part where they write Place of Birth, did they put in Northern line or something?)

2. An average of 2.7 million tube journeys are made every single day. (Multiply that to £2.90 = that’s how much they get just from the tube.) (Shit.)

3. 60% of the Underground is actually above ground. (Go figure.)

4. Not a fun fact: about 50 passengers kill themselves on the Underground every year.

5. Half a million mice live on the Underground. (If I had a pound for every mouse..)

Naa, but I have to say probably the funnest thing about riding the tube is seeing all the different people that go on it. London is just filled with all these different characters and people watching has always been one of my favorite hobbies.

And as I go on my tube rides to and from work, I always like categorizing the people.

The main categories being:

1.) The Reader

I think 1 out of 5 people are reading something on the tube–reading their phones, reading a book, the newspaper, a kindle or an iPad.

1.1) That over the shoulder reader trying to catch a glimpse of the headline on The Metro.

1.1.1) That over the shoulder reader trying to catch a glimpse of your new Whatsapp message. (Yeah, I saw that.)

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2.) The Sleeper  (Peak Hours: 07:00-08:30, 22:00-00:00)

Either didn’t get much sleep or drunk

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3.) That Thing You Smell

A.) Didn’t shower for a week

B.) Last thing he ate. (Shit, sat beside a guy last night who smelled like curry and it instantly made me want to eat curry.)

C.) Both (Deadly combination.)

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4.) The Really Loud Music Person

Dear person who just discovered the volume button, you don’t need sound cancellation headphones, you need one that doesn’t leak sound so we don’t know you secretly love Justin Bieber. You’re welcome.

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5.) The Tourist/Traveler

The one that:

A.) Looks totally lost (also the ones that stand on the wrong side of the escalator)

B.) Has a huge ass backpack that looks like he’s got his entire flat on his back.

 C.) Is carrying around two luggages that still has tape from an airline that says LDN.

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I can go on and on about my categories and subcategories (Person racing you to an empty seat, Candy Crushers, Snackers, Person who coughs a lot, Priority seat hogger, etc.) but I’m now scheduled to do nothing. (As it is my day off. Ha.)

P.S.

I hope that when you are done reading this, you will send me a message acknowledging my pro drawing skills. Thanks.

 

Hoping you’re not falling asleep on the tube,

Isabel

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