No matter where you are going, or what train you are taking, there’s always at least one weirdo. It’s called the One Weirdo Law of Public Transportation, and it’s in every major city with public transportation. It can be a male or female, and they’re either talking to themselves at a socially unacceptable volume or doing something that makes the rest of the passengers – especially the females – slightly nervous. The corollary to the ‘One Weirdo’ law follows: if within 5 minutes you cannot identify the weirdo on the train, it is you.
Of course we should be sensitive to the huge spectrum of real mental illness that exists, but it would be an overreaching assumption to immediately associate all Weirdos with mental illness.
Originally posted in 2006.