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Video: Train nearly takes out senator on platform during safety conference

You know those yellow dotted lines on the platform? They’re there for a good reason. In this hilarious video, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal held a press conference on a platform at the Milford Metro-North station to discuss its safety record and a train nearly takes him out.

Fittingly the train speeds by and knocks everything over just as Blumenthal said, “Safety, as you know, is paramount.”

via Rider Amy, who found the video on Gawker

Doughnut Hooligans on Muni

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Rider Judy ran into two suspects involved in a baked goods heist and sent us her illustrated conversation.

These hooligans seem pretty innocent compared to, say, the soccer hooligans in Among the Thugs, which, incidentally is probably the best book about hooligans.

What interesting characters did you run into during your commute today? Tell us all about it at muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com!

Today in history: 3 amazing photos of cable powerhouses after the 1906 earthquake

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Photo via SFMTA Photo Shelter by John Henry Mentz

At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, a powerful earthquake shook San Francisco. Here are three terrible yet amazing photos from the SFMTA photo shelter of the cable car powerhouses after the quake. In the photo above, take at the Washington and Mason powerhouse, a cable car is covered in falling debris from the power and car house smokestack. This photo was taken by John Henry Mentz.

Two more photos from the archive, both taken at the Oak and Broderick powerhouse.
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Head over to the SFMTA Photo Shelter to see rest of “United Railroads 1906 | After the Earthquake” gallery.

Zoo Animals Take Over the Subway

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Photo by Thomas Subtil

Blink again, is that a giraffe trying to squeeze into BART there? Photographers Thomas Subtil and Clarisse Rebotier have imagined what the Paris metro would look like if zoo animals took it over.

In their photo series, a lion passes through the turnstile, another giraffe cranes its neck to see the view from the train, and an elephant gracefully rides the subway with a tiny bird on its back. You can see all the photos in the gallery here.

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Another favorite:

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Prefer real animals? Browse through our Animals on Muni page – some seem more surreal than others.

Via Mashable.

Patriotic Fashion on Muni

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I’m speechless at this patriotic outfit seen here on Muni via haitchchamp on Instagram, who noted that the union jack socks are a nice touch (agreed).

By the way, are those open-toe Converse-like sandals? Just wondering.