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NYC Hero Offers Speed Dates to Subway Riders

Train delays, like manspreading, are an unavoidable consequence of riding the NYC subway, and there's usually not much you can do to cut through the down time. Thanks to an innovative New Yorker named Thomas C Knox, though, there's another option: go on a speed date while you wait.

It's not just for women, either -- nearly 30% of the people who've stopped at Knox's table have actually been guys, who're either looking for a quick game or hoping to glean some insight into the genius idea. One dude even yelled "I can't believe I didn't come up with this" as he passed by a Connect Four game in progress.

When asked about how he picks his stations, Knox told Thrillist it's far from random, taking into account station temperature and platform space to ensure he's not making a nuisance of himself.

He's got plenty of new twists on the idea to keep things interesting, too, and intends to set up his table once a week at different subway stations. To find out where he'll be next, follow him on Twitter @datewhileuwait.

Gianni Jaccoma is a staff writer for Thrillist, and he thinks this is the coolest idea ever. Follow his hellish train ride stories on Twitter @gjaccoma, and send your news tips to

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