Every year, bold semi-nudists brave the January cold to participate in the No Pants Subway Ride. The “flash mob” occurs in cities around the globe, including New York, Boston, London, Amsterdam and Berlin. Sunday, January 13 was that day, so any pantsless transit riders after the weekend likely have something else going on besides a mostly harmless tradition.
The event began with seven Improv Everywhere hooligans in 2002, and has since sprung into a global event in as many as 23 cities, with thousands of participants.
The No Pants Subway Ride followed a specific route through New York and Boston’s public transit maps, from 3 to 5 pm, and was followed by an official after-party. The only rule for the game was that acknowledging it was not permitted. When asked, participants were required to just say they forgot to wear pants.