Commuters ride the tube trouserless in mass prank

Published Monday, Jan 11 2016, 20:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Avoiding eye contact with the people you share a tube-carriage with is awkward enough.

But imagine trying to keep yourself to yourself, while wearing no trousers.

No Pants Subway Rose 2016 took place in London

© Paul Brown/REX Shutterstock

London underground passengers got more than they bargained for today to mark the No Pants Subway Ride 2016.

A ridiculous event originating in the US, trouser-less British fans of the occasion filled tube carriages at the weekend.

It began as a mass prank in 2002 but has now swept the globe and become almost a cult occurrence.

If you want to take part, all you have to do is board a train while wearing nothing on your bottom half.

Seems relatively simply (if not a little nippy this time of year!).

No Pants Subway Rose 2016 took place in London

© Paul Brown/REX Shutterstock

These guidelines have also been published so you can ride the tube the right way.

• Participants are not to take their trousers off on the platform – only on a moving train

• Spread participants out so they're not too densely packed

• Five to six trouserless people per carriage

• No flash photography on the underground

Ben Gerrey, 23, told The Metro: "People don't talk to each other on the tube. But when you've got your trousers off lots of people talk to you, and I like talking to people.

"One time a passenger started to talking to one of my group members and myself, and five minutes later he took his own trousers off. It was brilliant."

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