A brief look at 2017's No Pants Subway ride
It's that time of year again. When subway riders take off their pants and ride subways around the globe.
Why? Because fucking crazy.
Subway riders stripped down to their underwear on Sunday for the annual No Pants Subway Ride.
Yeah, it's an official "thing."
MTA staff realizing the no-pants subway ride is about to happen on their train. Excitement/exasperation. pic.twitter.com/CvtjnGLGSr
— Vincent Barone (@vinbarone) January 8, 2017
The event, organized by the Improv Everywhere comedy collective, started in 2002 in New York with seven participants.
"We want to give New Yorkers a reason to look up from their papers, from their phones, and experience something that's a little different than their average run-of-the-mill stuff," said Jesse Good, one of the event's organizers.
Pants-less subway rides were scheduled to take place this year in dozens of cities around the world, including in Boston; Berlin; Prague; London; and Warsaw, Poland, organizers said. (Check out what Europeans wear under their pants.) Philadelphia's version was sponsored by a laundry delivery service, which asked participants to show up with extra pants or other clothing to donate to charity.
Participants are told to get on trains and act as they normally would and are given an assigned point to take off their pants. They're asked to keep a straight face and respond matter-of-factly to anyone who asks them if they're cold.
Here's some of yesterday's riders, captured for posterity. (See what we did there?)
Steven Blomquist of Somerville, Mass., wears no pants while riding a subway train during the "No Pants Subway Ride" on Sunday in Boston. (AP/Steven Senne)
A passerby glances at two pantless women waiting on the platform for a train at Brooklyn's Jay Street/MetroTech station during the 16th annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Two men react as a woman puts her boots back on after removing her pants during the annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Steven Blomquist of Somerville, Mass., (center) talks with Tim Lewis of Boston during the No Pants Subway Ride on Sunday in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Three men pose in their underwear in front of a Union Square subway station sign during the 16th annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
No Pants Subway Riders pose for photographs in their skivvies on Sunday in New York (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Participants in the 16th annual No Pants Subway Ride go pantless on the R train to Manhattan on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Participants in the 16th annual No Pants Subway Ride ride the R train pantless on Sunday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
And ... now some video. In case photos weren't enough.
It's popping up all over the place.
No, we said popping not ... nevermind.
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A Georgia driver hit more than a bump in the road while driving.
Elysia Morris said she was driving her red BMW through a construction zone when a truck was driving toward her without stopping.
She said she veered to the left to avoid a possible collision when her car got stuck in fresh, wet concrete.
"[The truck is] still driving towards me, still honking the horn, so I bear over to the left and my car ends up submerged in fresh, wet concrete," Morris said.
Morris was rescued safely, but her car was lodged deep into the mixture.
She said the construction company told her the concrete would cure in an hour and the tow truck that responded asked her to sign a waiver saying the county wasn't responsible for any damages before they would tow it.
She refused to sign, and they left the concrete to dry around her car, cementing it into the street.
Construction workers eventually used a jack hammer to remove the block of concrete and the car and loaded it onto a flatbed truck.
Condolences are pouring in from all over ... for a girl they never knew. But her story speaks to all of them.