The 12th January marks the day around the globe wherein thousands of people with a sense of humour and adventurous spirit band together in leaving their pants at home. Yes that’s right, train-riders all over the world were waltzing around the subways on an average day in their undies. The initiative is all about flashing your underwear to fellow train-riders, while leaving your top half and your behaviour completely normal.
The annual ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ started as a prank by comedy group Improv Everywhere in 2002 in which a mere seven people were involved. Today in its 14th year it has developed into a worldwide phenomenon with pant-less train riders taking part across 60 cities worldwide, including New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Sydney and Mexico City.
The rules of the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ are fairly straightforward: underpants must be worn alongside everyday attire on the top half of the body, and although participants are allowed to wear flashy or unconventional designs they must act as if nothing out of the ordinary is taking place. Bare-legged riders must also be ‘tasteful and hygienic’ and carry a valid ticket.
The organisers have dubbed the global event a ‘celebration of silliness’. Rather than having a political message or raising money for charity this phenomenon is all about having fun. The organiser of the event, Larry Piche, said, “there’s no real reason, just come out and play.” It is a novel way to brighten up a boring train ride and add a bit of spice and excitement to the daily grind.
It is easy to let the monotony of train rides and the 9-5 working week bog you down or allow the days to simply merge into one another. It is also easy to focus on the negative news plaguing the world rather than the many positive things taking place over the globe. Fun challenges such as this not only brighten your own day, but they also certainly instil a bit of surprise and thrill into the days of everyone around you.
Many of the bare-legged participants in the ‘No Pants Subway Ride’ documented their experiences of this crazy challenge with videos or photos. The results are some highly amusing footage of nonchalant undie-clad train-riders, shocked and confused bystanders and just general silly and amusing shenanigans.
If you need to add an extra buzz to your train rides, be sure to hop on the no pants bandwagon next year and celebrate a little bit of silliness in your life.
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