Cape Town - Except among small children, sleeping is not a pretty sight. With its inevitable drooling, snoring and bizarre mutterings, it is something best done in private.
This is a lesson some of the passengers on Metrorail’s trains learnt the hard way after they nodded off and their dreaming faces were plastered all over the net.
Known as Funny Metrorail Sleepers, a new Facebook page has gone on a slumber safari to track down, photograph and upload snapshots of unfortunate passengers who dared to snooze on the move.
“This bra’s nostrils almost caused a tornado inside the train,” wrote the page’s venerable guide underneath a picture of a particularly noisy sleeper.
The page is dotted with pictures of blissfully unaware passengers, trying to catch 40 winks after work, from couples using each other’s shoulders as pillows to passengers muttering their way through strange dreams.
The page’s founder has even begun to categorise some of the stranger sleeping arrangements.
There are “sidewinders” who sleep with their heads rested on their shoulders, “contagious sleepers” who start a chain reaction of snoozers, and the self-explanatory “standers”.
“This guy was chatting the one minute, and snoring the very next,” he says of one. Of a slumbering couple he comments: “He’s having a good dream about her, and she’s having a nightmare about him!”
But the person behind Metrorail Sleepers is not the first to document the art of public sleeping.
Last year London’s Daily Mail reported that New York-based photographer Antonio Bolfo had spent a month grabbing snapshots of exhausted commuters across the busy city. - Cape Argus