Where are your pants, man?

It’s not often you get to say that phrase to people. But on January 12, commuters in 60 cities around the world could have as that was the day of the 13th annual “No Pants Subway Ride.” Participants don’t have to do much – just ride around their city’s public transport network sans trousers.

Charlie Todd created the event 12 years ago in New York for the Improv Everywhere group. This year between 3,000 and 4,000 people played along in New York alone – and they probably had a chilly ride. Sydney commuters however probably didn’t mind so much, it being the middle of summer down under. In each city, designated lines and stops were announced beforehand and participants were told to ignore each other. If someone asks you about your lack of pants, organizers suggest you respond with ‘I forgot.’

Like a flash mob, this event is all about provoking smiles from strangers and giving fellow residents something to spice up an ordinary day. Some public art with grins galore.