If you are one of those people who believe that pants are overrated, you will definitely want to participate in this annual event! TheÂ No Pants Subway Ride, which has taken place every January since 2002, is organized by Improv Everywhere.
Once again the No Pants Subway Ride happened around the world, with many cities making their debut this year. This year, for the 12th annual event, more than 4,000 riders took off their pants and hopped on the subway.
On Sunday, January 13th, 2013 tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in 60 cities in 25 countries around the world, including China, Australia and Mexico. In Seattle, pranksters braved 37-degree weather sans pants, as the Mashable reports.
The New York City-based group calls themselves a “prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” And what could possibly bring more joy than strangers in their underwear?
There are only two requirements: Take them off and keep a straight face. No thongs or other offensive underwear are allowed, but everything else is fair game.
Unsuspecting passengersâ€”unaware of the coordinated shenanigansâ€”stare in wonder as they are surrounded by a pants-less slew of riders.
TheÂ No Pants Subway RideÂ is annual event staged by Improv Everywhere every January in New York City. The mission started as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year.
They were all bundled up for the cold weatherâ€”minus their pantsâ€”and pretended not to know each other. When approached, they simply replied, “I forgot my pants.”
Participants are organized into groups and assigned a specific train car, but can’t speak to one another. The first No Pants Subway Ride had just seven men and a pants peddler who later came through the car with a duffle bag. This year, NYC had more than 4,000 bare-bottomed pranksters
According to the Inquisitr, In addition to the No Pants Subway Ride, the group holds its annual Black Tie Beach event, aÂ synchronizedÂ swimming event (in a public fountain) and a â€śBlack Fridayâ€ť shopping frenzy at a dollar store.
The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.
Improv Everywhere is still putting the video together for 2013, but theyâ€™ve already posted several photos from this yearâ€™s event. If youâ€™re unfamiliar with this event, you might want to first read our history of The No Pants Subway Ride.
One of the Queens residents won the award for â€śoldest participantâ€ť at 82-years-old at the Downtown meeting point. Agent Richard Lovejoy, who was at the original ride in 2002Â and won the award at the Downtown meeting point for most rides.
By the way, another interesting thing happened in Seattle. Seattle residents won a place in the Guinness World Records for the largest snowball fight when about 5,800 people turned out at the Seattle Center in the shadow of the Space Needle to toss snowballs at one another.
More than 30 truckloads of snow were brought in from Cascades for Saturday’s event, which included a snow fort building competition and pub crawl. Snow Day was a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, reports the Huff Post.