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Pantless commuters go global


A man takes part in the annual No Pants Subway Ride in Chicago. Video by Thomas White Reuters

Pantless commuters go global

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jan 13, 2014

You must abide by two rules: ride a subway pantless and act "normal." 

"If somebody tells you you have no pants, just say you forgot, and yes it's cold, yes it's unfortunate," creator Charlie Todd told some 3,000 to 4,000 fellow pantless commuters in New York City on Sunday. "It's just about fun, and providing a laugh and a smile."

Initiated by U.S. group Improv Everywhere in 2002, New Yorkers have extended their annual pantless commute in January to go global, and it has. From Australia to China, groups big and small, and also of all ages joined in this staged "No Pants Subway Ride." This year's 13th Annual event was hosted in 60 cities in more than 25 countries.

"The premise is simple: participants convene on a given route on a designated day every year without trousers on, and ride the rails (or road) for shock value and laughs," reports the Global Post. "Underpants must be worn and, although flashy designs are allowed, organizers prefer those involved to look -- at least from the waist-up -- as though they are going about their daily lives in an effort to up the impact on bystanders." Encouraged are business suits and uniforms, with props such as: a briefcase or bicycle.

In Paris, Charles de Gaulle-Etoile metro stop was the meeting point and Bastille was the return trip. Melbourne and Adelaide travelers went to Brisbane, and pantless commuters in Buenos Aires and Beijing took loops on their busiest subways.

Did you see anyone pantless at the station yesterday? Or, did you "forget" your own pants?

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.