This past Sunday, thousands of people removed their pants to ride subways in 60 cities in 25 countries. Why? To crack a few smiles (and flash a few cracks at the same time).
The great tushy exposure of 2013 is New York City’s 12th annual No Pants Subway ride. Pantless passengers rode ten different subway lines in the big apple, while others played along all over the world. The stunt is a part of the prank group, Improv Everywhere (IE), which sets out to “cause scenes of chaos and joy in public places.”
In August of 2001 Charlie Todd — who produces, directs, and performs the pranks — created Improv Everywhere. Since its inception, IE has executed over 100 “missions” with tens of thousands of “undercover agents.”
IE has taken their stunts to the subway before with the Star Wars reenactment of 2010 and the subway yearbook photos of 2009. Their missions span the ages, like with the Mini-Golf Open (surprising small children with caddies, commentators, and an ESPN camera crew), and take place all over — the grocery store, the beach, a cemetery. It’s all about getting people to stop for a minute, pay attention to something surprising, and give them a story to tell.
The moral here is that IE’s pranks are all in the name of giggles and fun. While some people may get their panties in a bunch over the lewd, bare-legged act, we’re kind of jealous we didn’t drop our pants and join in.
Would you drop trou for a laugh? Ever taken part in an Improv Everywhere mission? Let us know in the comment section below or tweet the author @nicmcdermott.
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