Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Improv Everywhere's annual no-pants transit ride goes international.

It's that time of year, once again, when people strip down to their skivvies and ride the subway. The 12-year-old event started in New York but has spread to cities around that world. As Improv Everywhere explains:

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 do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.

Below, photos via Reuters.

People watch as participants in the No Pants Subway Ride take the 6 train downtown in New York. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
People without their pants wait for a subway train during the "No Pants Subway Ride" in Berlin. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
Participants in the fourth annual 'No Trousers Tube Ride' stand on a platform and a tube train on the London Underground. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)
Commuters watch people without their pants at a subway station during the "No Pants Subway Ride" in Berlin. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)
Men swing on a pole in Union Square park after the No Pants Subway Ride in New York. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

 

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