Look Mom, no pants! Thousands celebrate on subways around the world
From England to Prague to Israel to Philly, annual tradition has throngs of commuters going trouser-less.
It's January, the coldest time of the year for a large part of the world. So what better way to ring in this frigid month than to go pants-less on the subway?
Yeah. We're confused too. But for folks in 60 cities around the world including New York City, Berlin, Prague, London, Jerusalem and Warsaw, Poland, International No Pants Subway Ride Day was apparently a no-brainer. Just strip down to your skivvies and take a ride. Bystanders be damned!
The idea was born in 2002 as a flash mob-style stunt by the Improv Everywhere comedy collective and took off from there. It's always at 3 p.m. local time, and it's always in January – which means it's almost always a cold day for these leg-baring pranksters.
These passengers often attract some undue attention because they're supposed to perform this silly feat with a straight face. It's all in the name of comedy.
The event is similar to, but not to be confused with, International No Pants Day. That one falls every year in May, when baring your legs makes a little more sense. Also, riding on the subway is optional.
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