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No Pants day 2K9: global edition

Posted by Paul Makishima, Globe Assistant Sunday Editor  January 5, 2009 07:28 AM

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It's that time of year again: Improv Everywhere, a New York-based group of merry pranksters, is planning its 8th annual No Pants Subway Ride this Saturday Jan. 10. This year 18 cities around the world, including Boston, are planning to participate.
Here in Beantown, 2009 will mark the event's second year. Last year an estimated 100-200 people shed trou on the T without incident (reminder: boxers, yes; briefs, if you must; commandos need not apply) under the watchful eyes of T police. Here's a link to the story on last year's ride, a slideshow, the local group organizing this year's, and for all you facebook fans...
The event began as a lark in New York in 2002 with only seven participants, spreading joy and chaos through city's subway system, according to Improv Everywhere.
Planning to be on the road? No worries. Besides New York and Boston, events are planned in: Adelaide, Australia, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Lisbon, Portugal, LA, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., SF. Seattle, Sydney, Australia, Toronto, the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Vienna, Austria, and Washington, D.C.

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33 comments so far...
  1. This is what liberalism yields: immature adults, spoiled in their egocentrist lifestyles. A generation of kids who never grew up. I'm ashamed to share space with such dreck

    Posted by Todd January 6, 09 09:50 AM
  1. Todd,
    And this is what conservatism yields: Closed-minded individuals with no sense of humor who like to blame everything on liberals. This story has nothing to do with politics. Perhaps you should consider growing up too.

    Posted by Sue January 6, 09 10:52 AM
  1. Grumble grumble grumble! Kids these days! Blah blah blah! Degenerates, grumble grumble liberals grumble slackers grumble grumble.

    Posted by keblensis January 6, 09 10:55 AM
  1. Actually, January 10th is Saturday, not Sunday.

    Posted by Christine January 6, 09 11:31 AM
  1. Sunday Jan. 10??? January 10th is a saturday!

    Posted by lorah January 6, 09 11:53 AM
  1. I know the kid running this, and I can promise you it has nothing to do with Liberalism... he's just a fool.

    Posted by Dan January 6, 09 11:55 AM
  1. Todd, we accept you, even with your shame.

    Posted by Dohn Joe January 6, 09 12:17 PM
  1. And that is what conservatism yields; pure bitterness that lashes out at anybody attempting to have, god forbid, fun. And if you are ashamed of such dreck, I'm sure China or Russia would love to have such a charming personality as yourself in their no-fun midst!

    I myself will be wearing no pants when the Revolution comes.

    Posted by Mark D. January 6, 09 12:23 PM
  1. which year we're talking here??? if it's 2009 then Sunday will be January 11 and the 10th hmmmm somone smoking something funny:)

    Posted by Angelina January 6, 09 12:38 PM
  1. This is what conservatism yields: whiny adults, bitter, joyless, having lost any sense of whimsy or humor.

    Posted by jtl January 6, 09 12:55 PM
  1. I rarely wear pants anyway.

    Posted by Friendly Dr. Bobo January 6, 09 04:31 PM
  1. Todd,
    I have a son named Todd.
    How are you doing Wads ?
    Only a good conservative with decent morals would post against idiocy.
    As socialism advances in this country, we'll all be left with our butts out.

    Posted by Phineas January 6, 09 10:38 PM
  1. And this is what liberalism yields: mindless uniform comments typical of a brainwashed socialist society. If you disapprove of "grown ups" parading around in their underwear you're "closeminded". ha! If you find it sickening that "grown ups" are willing to bare their privates in public you must be "bitter". Great. So nice sharing space with people whose every shallow shock value lifestyle is seen as "whimsy". Grow up, move out of mom's house, and get a job, you "adults".

    Posted by Todd January 6, 09 10:52 PM
  1. Human statues at airports, fake Gitmo reenactments on the Common, PETA people in cages on the Charles, and now the pantless improv actors on the subways. No wonder we're the laughing stock state. Doesn't anyone work anymore?

    Posted by Sheila P. January 6, 09 11:12 PM
  1. Sheila,
    You forgot to mention my personal favorite: the 30-40 year old men reading manga on the MBTA (in their trenchcoats and Aussie brimmed hats, natch).

    Why do liberal states raise infantilized adults? I find it amusing that Boston liberals cry are always offended with the frequency of a cow passing gas in Kansas but they never think that it might be offensive to parade around in your underwear in front of children or elderly people who grew up in a generation where dressing up to go out in society showed respect for yourself AND OTHERS.

    Posted by David Gervais January 7, 09 11:20 AM
  1. And this is what spending too much time on the internet yields; not everything is about Liberals vs. Conservatives.

    Get over yourselves and get outside. Pants optional.

    Posted by Kathy January 8, 09 04:58 PM
  1. all those complaining and bent on injecting politics where it clearly doesn't belong, please do not breed and kill yourselves quickly, thereby cleansing the collective human gene pool of your dreck...

    Posted by He's Dead Jim January 8, 09 05:04 PM
  1. That's funny- I'm the so called "kid" organizing this and I don't actually know a single person named Dan; and I really had to think about it because I know a lot of people through running this business and Dan is a fairly common name, but I definitely don't know him. Thanks for your kind and honest words, Dan- maybe we can talk about them in person next time you supposedly see me.

    And yes- it has NOTHING to do with politics WHATSOEVER. I'm very much a middle of the road kind of guy when it comes to politics and I've been extra careful to ensure all our events are free from political connotations. The directors on our 6 person board range from ultra liberal to truly ultra far right wing conservative. The way we see it, being a little silly once a month has very little to do with age or politics. It has much more to do with trying to lighten up a waaaay too serious city and cutting loose every once in a great while since we all live normal, unexciting lives between 9 and 5. We can't make everyone happy but we do our best and we are open to hear anyone's concerns or criticisms, but please do your research first instead of stereotyping.

    Posted by James Cobalt January 10, 09 01:48 AM
  1. And I just wanted to point out one important fact about this whole thing in response to concern about "underwear in public"- it's actually a lot more modest than what you see at the beach. Everyone is instructed to wear an extra pair of underwear for decency and risque underwear is not permitted. It's basically a bunch of people wearing short shorts. Not everyone is ok with short shorts either- but thankfully it's a free nation and the fashion police have advised us that short shorts and their equivalents are legally acceptable in public, if not a bit tacky (but that's kind of the point here)

    Posted by James Cobalt January 10, 09 02:23 AM
  1. Why didn't they make this day in the summer?

    Posted by Boffo January 10, 09 04:21 PM
  1. Perhaps if those complaining weren't a bunch of socially repressed blow-hards, ashamed of their own bodies and too bitter to laugh at something to silly and trivial, they'd see this for what it is: harmless fun. It's not some cataclysmic liberal apocalypse of homosexual orgies and heroin junkies rioting in the streets.

    Posted by Herman January 10, 09 05:46 PM
  1. Seriously, I would be considered conservative in most cases and would be quite happy to participate. I agree, not everything boils down to politics...

    Posted by LarryB January 10, 09 07:44 PM
  1. Typical Republican Ahole, you are, Todd. You have to beastialize anyone that might even slightly disagree with you, as if Democrats are the only ones who will take their pants off. You really fit the mold of a pent-up wingnut. Why don't you go down to the post office and salute a flag, you clown?

    Posted by VFW January 10, 09 07:58 PM
  1. C'mon. If people want to make asses out of themselves (literally), let them. Live and let live.

    Posted by Cowgirl January 10, 09 08:33 PM
  1. How about we just admit that people have different ideas about everything--including humor and fun? When have people ever agreed 100% on anything? If you don't want to wear pants, go ahead and show the world your boxers. If you like the idea of pants, keep wearing them. Personally, I'll keep my pants on and laugh with the improv actors.

    Posted by My Lady January 10, 09 09:00 PM
  1. STFU ALL !

    Posted by tired of the political divide January 10, 09 09:54 PM
  1. Dreck. I like that word.

    Posted by Becki January 10, 09 10:01 PM
  1. Just plain wicked. What we need are a few more perverts........

    Try adding some clothes........................................................

    Posted by Ray Watson January 10, 09 10:03 PM
  1. Sheila and David,
    What about the "starving artists" who planted the etcha-sketches around the T last year, shutting down the city for a day? Then they showed us how stupid they are again when they went to court and ran around in circles outside (after they got let off the hook by a bleading-heart liberal Dukakis judge and AG Coakley). That's my favorite... Yes, we are a laughing stock of a state.
    But of course now the President is just as bad as governor Coupe deval, so we can be the world's laughing stock.

    Posted by GOP02476 January 10, 09 10:19 PM
  1. How did politics become involved in this? This happened around the world. It happened in red and blue states. It happened in Europe and Asia. The whole point of it is to lighten up peoples days and give them something to talk about. No one was naked, and it's the same as going to the beach. The only differences, no sand, no water, and we had more clothes on than you would at the beach.

    Todd, I'm afraid you're the one who needs to do some growing up. You're no more important than anyone else, and you need to realize people can have a good time without thinking it's some political statement. People are ridiculous these days,

    Posted by Wyatt January 10, 09 10:27 PM
  1. I encountered this bit on the NYC subway. There was nothing whimsical, or joyful about it. I love seeing girls in underwear, and I'm all for being free with your bodies and what have you but this was just annoying shenanigans, it wasn't funny, it wasn't fun. It was just a ham-fisted attempt at performance art. Any fool can attract attention by acting foolish...the fact that a large group of people decided to do unite and do this en masse kinda bothers me.

    Posted by ace January 11, 09 02:45 AM
  1. Come on now! These people must not of gotten a lot of attention when they were growing up. They will do anything to have people look at them. I kind of feel sorry for them, they must be thinking of ways to say, Look at me, Look at me.

    Posted by Jason January 11, 09 10:14 AM
  1. What does this have to do with politics??? More like silly hijinks instead.

    Posted by CDE January 12, 09 11:58 AM
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