Posts in category "Just a little odd"

L-epathic: A man struggles with his telepathic powers on the CTA L

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Here’s a fun video by a friend of mine. It’s called “L-epathic”: A man struggles with his telepathic powers that seem to occur only while riding the L train. Shout-out to OddMedia Productions and Jon Rivera and crew. ————————— If you like this post, please like my Facebook page, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram.... Read more »

Ridiculous "squirrel truth" ads to entertain on CTA Red Line soon

Some “ridiculous” ads soon will be coming to the Red Line after a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $4,000 to pay for them. The money will fund ads from the Chicago Transit Project in about one in four Red Line rail cars. This is what I wrote about the ads back in July while the... Read more »

CTA Courage Campaign: Flash mob video discourages harassment

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The folks behind the CTA Courage Campaign posted a video recently depicting harassment on the Red Line, and asking people to have the courage to speak out against it. The Courage Campaign is trying to raise money for CTA ads that “advocate respect for all while using public transit.” Read a DNAinfo Chicago story about... Read more »
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Don't fall victim to CTA Shell Game scam

Tis the season to be jolly, spend money – and get taken by the CTA Shell Game operators. And I saw it happening again Tuesday on the CTA Red Line. The gregarious African-American guy boards at Fullerton with his board. (And yes, I have only seen black guys shill for the Shell Game.) He sits... Read more »

CTA should allow anonymous reports of groping, other harassment

In reading a Salon.com story about “The creepiest man in New York: A gross portrait of a subway molester,” I learned that New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority has a page on its website for victims of improper sexual conduct to anonymously report such incidents. In light of the recent stories and arrest of a... Read more »

What we did on the CTA before staring at our smartphones

Do you remember what we actually *did* on CTA trains and buses before the proliferation of smartphones? You know, before we had our heads down, our hands tightly clenching a rectangle with a four-inch wide screen? I figure this might have been as late 2008 or 2009. By 2010 smartphones were really becoming the go-to... Read more »
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(What If God Was) On the Bus - CTA vintage video parody

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Yesterday I came across this 1990s-vintage video parody of some talented ladies singing about waiting for the #50 Damen bus, to the tune of “(What if God Was) One of Us.) What really makes it pertinent today is that things really haven’t changed too much. I suppose you might not have to wait so long... Read more »

Talk to a stranger on the CTA subway - you'll feel good about it!

So really, when was the last time you talked to a stranger on the subway? And no, that time you were drunk coming home from the Cubs game on the Red Line doesn’t count. Now a recent research study suggests that maybe we should make the effort to talk a stranger on the subway, because... Read more »

Want some "ridiculous" ads on CTA? Support this Kickstarter project

Are you tired of CTA ads for Montana and Wisconsin? Or the ones soliciting research subjects for yet another mental illness project? You can fund a Kickstarter project so Ben Larrison can “buy ad space … so that I can put ridiculous stuff up in 100 CTA cars.” And what kind of silly stuff might... Read more »
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43 new species of subway weirdos found: Onion

A team of Columbia University anthropologists has identified 43 new species of weirdos living in the New York City subway system, according to an Onion report. These species sound remarkably similar to those observed habitating CTA subway tunnels, including “peculiar creatures [who] groom themselves, feign seizures, nibble on raw kale, scratch the same word exactly... Read more »