Wanna go for a Hitch? | No-Pants Subway Ride 2014, New York City
Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants.
Every January, the "No Pants Subway Ride" is being held in New York City. It is a yearly event commenced by Improv Everywhere. The event initially started as a small prank and has grown into an international celebration of madness, with thousands of partipants around the globe joined each year.
“It is just about fun, and providing a laugh and smile,” said Charlie Todd, who created the event 12 years ago when only seven people took part.
The participants will act like they do not know each other and they all dressed in winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only significant thing that they will try to forget to wear is their PANTS.
Act “normal. Remember to keep a straight face,” Todd instructed participants in the Big Apple — some 3,000 to 4,000 people this year aged three months to 71. “If somebody tells you, you have no pants, just say you forgot, and yes it’s cold, yes it’s unfortunate,” he said.
Seven New York subway stops were designated for this year’s stunt, with the group planning to reconvene ultimately at Union Square in Manhattan.
Charles de Gaulle-Etoile metro stop was the meeting point in Paris where there will be pants-less passengers headed all the way to Bastille. More than 1,200 people had signed up ahead of time via Facebook.
Some of the events were smaller compared to that of New York’s, like in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, where a handful of young people, mainly men in suits, ties — and brightly-colored flowery boxers — drew laughs. In Sydney, a devoted group drops their trousers on the city circle loop train, full of baffled weekend tourists on a busy day, then switched routes for a return trip to Bondi.
Improv Everywhere have kept the ritual going 13 consecutive years. It started out as a prank consisting of seven participants in 2001. Now it has already become a worldwide event in more than 60 countries. The innocent passengers or those who are non-participants are shocked and surprised when they get to see a bunch of people with no pants.
With the current extreme winter condition happening around the United States of America, this prank might be hard to execute. But if you happen to be interested in joining the said event, you can check out www.improveverywhere.com for additional information and see if there are same events in your location.
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