The public prank group Improv Everywhere group started the No Pants Subway Ride trend more than a decade ago in New York City. This season is no different as the odd and eccentric tradition repeats itself. Men in boxer briefs or underwear board subways in many countries and they don’t get arrested for indecent exposure.
Some cultural trends are so odd that they defy belief. One of these is the No Pants Subway Ride. For a limited period of time, some people board the subway system without any pants whatsoever. Of course, they are wearing underclothes but still it looks strange.
The whole scheme was started by an improv group and it has spread like wildfire. The group is active in about 30 countries and its activities take place in 60 cities. The basic goal is to spread kindness through the polite gestures of the people on board the subway system. Equally important is the arousal of interest and smiles from the other normally dressed people.
It is agreed upon already that these individuals without their pants will not be taken into custody by the long arm of the law. They are merely partaking in a fun-filled game which has no harmful consequences. However, if anyone were to go the whole hog and step on a train nude, that would be a major offence.
The presence of people in their underwear begs the question whether this nonsensical behavior will spread disease. However, it is agreed upon that unless someone has a leaky gut, or dribbles urine time after time, there is no harm in such mildly offbeat behavior.