Thought Christmas was the biggest date in the calender? Your birthday perhaps? Well forget everything you ever knew, because the answer is, obviously, No Pants Subway Ride day. Let's make it clear from the start, we're talking the American word 'pants' i.
By Wills Robinson. A brief encounter with a fellow commuter is always possible when you are using public transport. But when travelling on the tube or train, it is not every day that you have an encounter with hundreds of briefs.
Commuters in some 60 cities braved public transportation in their undies for the stunt, which has gone global since its first staging by US group Improv Everywhere in New York in The premise is simple: participants convene on a given route on a designated day every year without trousers on, and ride the rails or road for shock value and laughs. Act "normal. Remember to keep a straight face," Todd instructed participants in the Big Apple — some 3, to 4, people this year aged three months to Underpants must be worn and, although flashy designs are allowed, organizers prefer those involved to look — at least from the waist-up — as though they are going about their daily lives in an effort to up the impact on bystanders. Uniforms and business suits are encouraged to amplify the lower-half effect, as are props -- bicycles, prams, shopping bags or even a briefcase.
The marches and protests, the standoffs with police, the lies to her parents. Her small hands were stained red. It was just paint, she said, as she funneled liquid into balloons. The air around her stank of lighter fluid. Teenagers hurled Molotov cocktails toward police. Down below Fiona, rows of police flanked an intersection. It was now November 16, and she was one of more than 1, protesters swarming around and barricaded inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Because of their young age and the danger of arrest, Reuters is withholding the full names of Fiona and her comrades. Night was falling.