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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published January 19th 2013
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Sydney No Pants Subway Ride
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You have probably heard the saying "fly by the seat of your pants" well you can also train it in your underpants.

This is not for the faint-hearted or those with holey underwear, but every January the 13th is No Pants Subway Ride Day. It is the occasion to wear your underpants for the world (or at least other commuters) to see.

It is really all about a sense of fun and adventure and no one usually takes offence.

Although you could become the butt of a few jokes.

The idea started in 2002, in New York City, when a group of friends got together took their trousers off and then travelled on the New York subway as if everything was normal. You can find this project and the team which is now called Improv in the video below.



They didn't all get on the train together, but at random points along the line. Despite having their underwear on show, they acted otherwise normally and pretended not to know each other.

New York in January it freezing, so while their butts were cold their top halves were clad in warm jackets, scarves and even business attire.

Since that first event, the No Pants Subway Ride has become an annual event staged in 50 countries around the world.

The whole round-up of individuals occurs via Facebook and the Internet. With each city operating independently but under the umbrella of Improv, where they register their event.

Sydneysiders might as well get in on the act as the weather is a lot more conducive to skimpy bottom halves than the Northern hemisphere.

This year, about 30 people took part in the Sydney No Pants Subway Ride. They assembled in Hyde Park, then boarded the train at Central Station to North Sydney before travelling back to Central Station.

They acted normally on the trains, reading books or playing with their phones.

Initially fellow travellers looked a little alarmed, but as more No Panters became evident they seemed to get the joke. Even officials scarcely batted an eyelid as you can see in the following video.


sydney No Pants Subway Ride
Image from Sydney No Pants Subway Ride Website


If you want to participate next year, then apparently all you need is the ability to have fun and to keep a straight face. Although there are a few ground rules such as:

Having a valid ticket

Acting naturally as if you did have pants on and keeping to yourself.

Having underwear that covers you.

Putting your pants on if someone in authority asks you to.

There are other rules which you can access here.

If you want to participate next year, or simply avoid a certain train on January the 13th, then keep an eye on this website.

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Why? For the fun of it
When: Every January 13th
Cost: FREE but you may need to buy new underwear
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