Yep, it's official. 'Tis the season for wacky urban stunts, from last weekend's Santacon to Polar Bear Plunges, and one of the world's most rapidly spreading annual "flashmob"-type event is coming up soon. We're talking about the No Pants Subway Ride which Improv Everywhere began 11+ years ago in New York, and which now has spread to include most major world cities with subway transportation.
The 2012 ride, the 11th annual, will go down on Sunday, January 8, a date ideal for those on holiday vacation to get back to the city in time to drop trou. As veterans of the NYC No Pants ride, we can vouch for it and say that it's all in good fun. Sure, it's awkward at firstyou remove your pants on the subway, silently, mid-ridebut that's part of the deal.
The event is free, but it does come with rules. Be prepared to stand outside in the cold for an hour, listening to all of them and being generally briefed, before heading down into the subway tunnels to de-brief. These days, with thousands participating, the cops know what's up and smarter Sunday commuters may take the bus.
To keep the disruption to an "all in good fun" level, make sure to wear clean underwear and keep to the non-sexual vibe. It's not about seeing someone else in their underwear, but the absurdity of everyone gaining a disregard for pants at the same time. It's weird, we know.
And that's why it's fun.
To stay up to date on the info as the event approached, check out the official site here.