Metro Brings the Funny (Yes, that Metro)


Our communications from Metro are usually quite calm and serious – construction notices, community meeting agendas and the like.  But this week, things took a much more entertaining turn.

A new series of 30-second public service safety ads, featuring yellow and black stick figures who live in mythical “Safetyville,” show what happens when common-sense transit safety precautions aren’t followed.  Sound dull?  Not with titles like “Careful or Crushed?,” “Dismount or Dismenbered?,” and “Present or Pulverized?”  (Warning:  don’t watch if you object to extreme violence to stick figures.)

The ads – loosely inspired by Australia’s notorious “Dumb Ways to Die” – have proven so popular, they’ve been featured on the Today Show, The Daily News, and Buzzfeed.

metrohaikuBut even better (at least to poetry fans like the Buzz) was a Twitter war that broke out between Metro and San Francisco’s BART about a week ago…conducted entirely in haiku.  Hard to explain, but the full (delightfully snarky) exchange, recounted at the link above, is priceless.  And it ends with a challenge from BART to do the next round in Shakespearean sonnets.  Metro’s response:  “It Beith On!” We can’t wait.

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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