On the 12th January 2014 from 3pm-5pm EST the world will get its annual overdose of skin and legs on its respective underground/overground transit systems. That is when the 13th annual “No Pants Subway Ride” commences. An event that started in New York 13 years ago over a prank between seven guys has, since then, exploded into an international expression of foolishness. Staged by Improv Everywhere in New York. Simply, all participants waiting for their transit system ride at the appropriate time will, just before they board the train, remove their pants and carry on with their day as though nothing is happening (a straight face is apparently a strict requirement to participate). And if you’re an onlooker, you are not going to know what is going on unless you’re already in the train car when the participants enter, or if you happen to be waiting for the same train as them. Why? Well, because everything else will seem normal about them right up until the train arrives. Jackets, scarves, hats, gloves and other usual winter wear is worn. But when the train arrives, the pants depart. And let’s be honest, that can be so entertaining to the eyes, but can easily be an onslaught to the eyes as well (depending on the participant your seeing)!
New York has taken pride in pushing the envelope when it comes to wardrobe, or lack thereof. Remember, New York considers it legal to walk around in public topless. Seriously. (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/
So there is no surprise where New York’s participation in “No Pants Subway Ride” day is concerned. But cities like Jerusalem, Beijing, and Atlanta? Wow. And keep it mind, that 60 cities around the world participate, including London. So when January 12th arrives and you happen to be on the underground, keep your eyes open (or closed depending on your sensibilities).