No Pants Subway Ride 2015 has become quite the tradition over the past few years, and it's one that thousands take part in worldwide.
The No Pants Subway Ride is an event that many claim is just a silly tradition to give people something to talk about, and from the looks of social media and news outlets everywhere, it's doing just that.
According to CBS Chicago, Improv Everywhere is behind the No Pants Subway event, and aims to "inspire people in the world's largest cities to ride public transportation without pants on." So who is Improve Everywhere, and what makes them tick?
According Improv Everywhere's website, the group is a New York City-based prank collective that "causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places." The group was created in August 2001 by Charlie Todd. So how did the No Pants Subway Ride get started?
"The No Pants Subway Ride is an annual event staged by Improv Everywhere every January in New York City. The mission started as a small prank with seven guys and has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year. The idea behind No Pants is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants behave as if they do not know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants."
2015 marks the 14th annual No Pants Subway Ride, and thousands planned to participate in the event in over 25 countries. While many find the event funny, there are many who don't quite get the point of it all, and some who simply don't agree with the no pants in public idea. According to the Weather Network, those who planned on taking part in the No Pants Subway Ride in Romania could risk not only the cold weather, but also may be fined for indecency.
"The Metrorex subway managers said Friday that those 'who disturb public order or are indecent will be fined,' and reported to the police."
In Chicago, a media representative with the CTA says that the No Pants Subway Ride isn't breaking any rules.
"There's nothing in our ordinance … that would prevent someone from riding our system without pants as part of the 'No Pants Subway Ride' event. Therefore, those boarding trains in their underwear as part of this event will be treated as any other fare-paying customer."
Social media seemed to have some mixed views on the No Pants Subway Ride too, just check out some of the tweets that have been posted thus far.
Who thought of doing the no pants subway ride in January... But furthermore, who thought of participating? #NoPantsSubwayRide
— Britta Schellenberg (@MizzBritta) January 11, 2015
participating in the no pants subway ride seems fun I wish I had known beforehand:/
— Alyssa Mulhall (@alyssamulhall12) January 11, 2015
the no pants boston subway ride skeevs me out.
— Lily Belle (@ayo_lilayy) January 11, 2015
The no pants subway ride is the definition of why I refuse to take public transportation in this city #MBTA #NPSR
— Molly Thawwwtin (@mollydragon) January 11, 2015
Happy no pants subway ride day!
— Jordan Sam (@jordanhsam) January 11, 2015
Over 4,000 people rode the subway with no pants on! http://t.co/gttMc1WJLN
— Art Wiz (@artwiz) January 11, 2015
Well, for those of you who take public transportation, or who just happen to spot someone out and about without their pants on, what do you have to say about the No Pants Subway Ride? What about those who took part? Why did you choose to do it?
Share your thoughts and opinions on the No Pants Subway Ride in the comments below!
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