It's almost as if journalists have never heard about this happening.

The media was all athrill this week over this naked woman riding the Vienna subway. A naked-woman hunt is afoot to uncover the identity of the "Vienna Venus," an instant celebrity who's already been offered a photo shoot by an Austrian newspaper.

It's like journalists have never heard about this happening! But of course it does, all the time, as a perusal of headlines and videos from the last four years proves. Public transit is sexy as hell, folks: Just look at all the rippled gooseflesh in this brief timeline of commuting nudity (Proceed with caution obviously, but most of these links contain censored nekkid people):

2009: New York photographer Zach Hyman asks Columbia student Jocelyn Saldana to take off all her clothes on the L Line. She does, and (reports the Post) "one woman started screaming and an elderly man next to her got the shakes."

2010: For the ninth annual "No Pants Day," hundreds of New Yorkers freeze their asses off on the way to work. This is improv we can all get behind!

(Improv Everywhere)

2010: A middle-aged woman removes her clothes before boarding a bus in Singapore. This causes the driver to go into “emergency mode.

(Lianhe Wanbao)

2011: Naked and racist? That's a combination we all can love! Watch the ABC News report, "'Crazy Naked Subway Guy' Arrested in New York.”

2011: Two love birds in Toronto ran most of the bases inside a public train. Then for a change of pace, they took it out onto the platform (lovely music in this video).

2012: Homeless people don't have bedrooms. So where do they change clothes? In Fort Lauderdale, they do it at bus stops, as CBS reports in “400 Pound Woman Arrested For Wearing Birthday Suit On Bus Bench.”

2012: This woman in San Francisco was nude but covered with a blanket when she boarded the train. When authorities removed her, however, it all came off as she went Godzilla on this poor dude's car.

(One Minute News)

2012: Poor girl forgot to use the bathroom before leaving home, and wound up scoring the Best Headline of 2012: "Woman Pees and Showers on NYC Subway." Though she's not technically naked, she does do two things that humans generally do without pants. Here's the cringe-provoking video, in which we learn that the proper place to pee on a New York subway is "between the cars."

Top photo from OE24.

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John Metcalfe
John Metcalfe

John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.

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