No Pants Subway Ride 2014

by Joseph McKeown

There are enormous and serious issues that divide and separate people and countries all over the world (regarding not only immigration but wars, terrorism, and poverty, among others). Yesterday, however, the world took a deep breath and was brought a little bit closer together (I like to think) by an important event: the annual No Pants Subway Ride. Originally started in New York City by Improv Everywhere "as a small prank with seven guys," the pant-less tradition has spread globally to sixty cities and twenty-five countries with over tens of thousands of participants. The premise is pretty simple: "Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants." RT reports here, CNN has a slideshow, and the Aussies also got into the action. As did Bangalore, Bejing, Hong Kong, Kiev, and Mexico City, among others. Improv Everywhere's video of the NYC ride is below. Enjoy and let there be world peace.