January 08, 2012

As Temperatures Dropped, So Did Their Pants - The 11th Annual No Pants Subway Ride Goes Off Without A "Stitch"

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New York, NY (The Weekly Vice) - Along with temperatures, pants were dropping across the country and around the world as thousand of people boarded trains in their underwear Sunday.

The No Pants Subway ride is an annual event organized by prankster group, Improv Everywhere. This year's 11th annual No Pants Subway Ride went off without a "stitch" boasting almost 4,000 participants in New York city alone.

According to the organizer's website, the 2012 No Pants Subway ride took place in 59 cities located in 27 countries around the world.

The 11th annual No Pants Subway Ride went off without a "stitch" Sunday as nearly 4,000 people boarded subway trains in New York city without pants.

The organization's creator, Charlie Todd, began "pranking" in August, 2001. Over the last decade, the event has continued to grow each year - as more and more people agree to shed their inhibitions.

Other group events include the "Human Mirror" - where identical twins board subways and mimic each other's actions to see how long it takes before subway riders notice. And we don't mean just one set of twins.

Another event, "Frozen Grand Central", sends a large group of participants into New York's Grand Central Station who act normally until a chosen moment when they all freeze in suspended animation.

"Best Buy", another organized mission of Improv sends a large group of participants dressed in blue polos and tan khakis into chosen Best Buy retail stores. Since participants are dressed in the basic Best Buy uniform, they are all too happy to offer friendly help or advice to shoppers who mistake them as store employees. That is until they're asked to leave.

Puzzled looks, smiles, giggles and an occassional look disbelief seem to be the general reaction to these staged "missions".....and that's good, considering the enormous numbers of people who participate in the edgy antics they try.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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