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(Mother Nature Network)   You can own an iconic wooden bench from New York City's subway system for only $650. Urine, spit, and hobo vomit not included   (mnn.com) divider line 31
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2012-02-23 12:54:37 AM
Just so long as it has something contagious.
 
2012-02-23 01:10:42 AM
This is as stupid as those Yankee Stadium seats they sold a few years back.

Which means hipsters will love it.

There's a market for everything!
 
2012-02-23 05:09:18 AM
They screw you on the combo plates.
I always get my hobo vomit Al a Carte.
 
2012-02-23 06:21:52 AM
Hobo vomit is never complete without the hobo poop as well. Don't forget the ossified gum, too.
 
2012-02-23 06:31:19 AM
Feeling accomplished? Need putting in your place? Ready to sit out while the real champs win the big game? Now you can ride the pine from the comfort of your very own home!


*please use caution. NYC subway inc is not responsible for any venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, hallucinations or stigmatas that result from use of said product
 
2012-02-23 06:37:21 AM

PC LOAD LETTER: Hobo vomit is never complete without the hobo poop as well. Don't forget the ossified gum, too.


Oh, no thanks, I'm stuffed.

/sits back, loosens belt
 
2012-02-23 07:50:21 AM
It's a sad day when Saturday Night Live beats Fark to a joke almost a week in advance.
 
2012-02-23 08:01:18 AM
I don't even like sitting on them while they are in the stations- why in the world would you want to bring them into your home?
 
2012-02-23 08:08:05 AM
I'm pretty sure the urine, spit, and hobo vomit ARE included

/deeply imbedded, in fact
 
2012-02-23 08:09:23 AM
Hobos don't ride the subway
 
2012-02-23 08:11:43 AM

pottie: Hobos don't ride the subway


Well, if you count sleeping on it across three seats as riding, then yes they do.
 
2012-02-23 08:14:22 AM
I own an ironic wooden bench, you've probably never heard of it.
 
2012-02-23 08:17:06 AM
And some hipster from SoHo is going to put it in their 380sqft apartment as a way to ironically pay homage to the homeless or some other nonsense...
 
2012-02-23 08:17:21 AM

TheGogmagog: I own an ironic wooden bench, you've probably never heard of it.


So, any reason why this has to be a hipster thing? I am a huge history geek, myself, and although I've never been an antique collector myself I have a couple friends who are and they have gotten all sorts of weird and interesting things like this. Old dentists chairs from the 1800s, an opium pipe from the shanghai tunnels in Portland (supposedly cleaned and not used for a while, I presume), and other oddities.

I don't think this would be exclusively a hipster thing so much as just a conversation piece to history buffs like us.
 
2012-02-23 08:31:01 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: This is as stupid as those Yankee Stadium seats they sold a few years back.

Which means hipsters will love it.

There's a market for everything!


Over in 2.

Can we get a "Hipster" tag?
 
2012-02-23 08:32:03 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: This is as stupid as those Yankee Stadium seats they sold a few years back.

Which means hipsters will love it.

There's a market for everything!



Actually, the Yankee Stadium seats for sale were much cooler . . . especially to baseball fans . . . or true Americans with balls between their legs . . .

//you sound like a Boston fan
 
Slu
2012-02-23 08:36:17 AM
They really couldn't find a better picture of the benches?
 
2012-02-23 08:52:26 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: This is as stupid as those Yankee Stadium seats they sold a few years back.

Which means hipsters will love it.

There's a market for everything!


Most postings about hipsters are pretty wrong, but this is pretty much spot on.
These benches are:
A) gross,
B) uncomfortable,
C) ugly, and
D) unlikely to be purchased by anyone.
Therefore they are perfect for the hipsters.

/also, it wasn't hipsters buying those stadium seats- it was the aging bros.
 
2012-02-23 08:53:40 AM

Slu: They really couldn't find a better picture of the benches?


There are no flattering pictures of those benches.
 
2012-02-23 08:58:56 AM
I'd buy one for my porch. $650 seems a little high though.
 
2012-02-23 09:09:43 AM

Hector Remarkable: Just so long as it has something contagious.


And plenty of gum stuck to it.
 
2012-02-23 09:24:04 AM
I might consider buying one at the $650 price if the urine, spit and hobo vomit were indeed not included (i.e. removed), but I think that would take about a month inside the core of a nuclear reactor.
 
2012-02-23 09:29:05 AM

Civil Discourse: AverageAmericanGuy: This is as stupid as those Yankee Stadium seats they sold a few years back.

Which means hipsters will love it.

There's a market for everything!

Most postings about hipsters are pretty wrong, but this is pretty much spot on.
These benches are:
A) gross,
B) uncomfortable,
C) ugly, and
D) unlikely to be purchased by anyone.
Therefore they are perfect for the hipsters.

/also, it wasn't hipsters buying those stadium seats- it was the aging bros.


This guy disagrees:

Functional, proportional, and comfortable, New York's subway-platform benches are excellent public furniture. Made from wood, when one might resonably expect a more durable inorganic material, the benches are largely unscarred by their hostile environment (new window)

But apparently they're all infested with bedbugs- or some of them are. Best not to take any chances.
 
2012-02-23 09:31:03 AM

Shadowknight: TheGogmagog: I own an ironic wooden bench, you've probably never heard of it.

So, any reason why this has to be a hipster thing? I am a huge history geek, myself, and although I've never been an antique collector myself I have a couple friends who are and they have gotten all sorts of weird and interesting things like this. Old dentists chairs from the 1800s, an opium pipe from the shanghai tunnels in Portland (supposedly cleaned and not used for a while, I presume), and other oddities.

I don't think this would be exclusively a hipster thing so much as just a conversation piece to history buffs like us.


No, it means TheGogmagog was in a rush to trash the hipster love of irony and read ICONIC as IRONIC

Which is kinda ironic.
 
2012-02-23 10:07:47 AM

Lolthien: It's a sad day when Saturday Night Live beats Fark to a joke almost a week in advance.


I think you've got your expectations for Fark set a bit too high
 
2012-02-23 10:09:37 AM

Lolthien: It's a sad day when Saturday Night Live beats Fark to a joke almost a week in advance.


Came here to say the same thing. Fark has flipped the Taurus.
 
2012-02-23 10:18:07 AM
Wouldn't these benches qualify as toxic waste?
 
2012-02-23 10:21:02 AM
If these are anything like the iconic wooden folding chair, I'm in.

/not really
 
2012-02-23 10:22:24 AM
I wonder what Hobo with a Shotgun would think?

One of the best movies ever. www.imdb.com/title/tt1640459/
 
2012-02-23 09:09:49 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: This is as stupid as those Yankee Stadium seats they sold a few years back.

Which means hipsters will love it.

There's a market for everything!


Actually I worked for a while at Brooklyn College archives and the Shea Stadium committee gave us two sets of seats from Shea Stadium when they demoed it - it was kind of cool. Part of the Library's mission statement was Borough history so it was a nice addition.
 
2012-02-23 10:55:47 PM
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Fifty bucks.
 
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