No Pants Day?
What started as a prank has turned into a participatory annual event. No Pants Day is a little-known holiday in which people take off their pants before leaving home and ride along the subway without acting as if anything is amiss, in order to prank other people.
“That’s hilarious. I’ve seen YouTube videos of that prank and it’s super entertaining,” Emma Wiseman ‘18 said.
Some clever people may try to argue that No Pants Day does not mean one cannot wear shorts, skirts, or dresses, but “traditionalists” will argue that wearing any sort of garment other than underwear does not fully keep with the spirit of the holiday.
The history of the holiday is shrouded in mystery. Some say it started in 1985, some say it is 1986, some say it commemorates a man in New York who genuinely forgot his pants, and others say it commemorates a group of seven men who were the first ever to pull the prank. Typically, it is celebrated on the first Friday of May, but since Portland refuses to conform to the rest of the country, perhaps helping to pull off the prank better, and celebrates No Pants Day on Jan. 10.
To participate, random people all board a subway car at different stops across town. Participants–or, partici as this is not “pants” day–do not act as if they know each other, and act like everything is completely normal. They wear winter coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and the like. The only thing different about them is that they are not wearing pants.
“Personally, I don’t think I would participate, but watching others participate would be a good laugh,” Wiseman ‘18 said.
However, this holiday is not just about pranks. In Portland, they collect donations from the participants of hats, scarves, gloves, coats, or any other winter clothing for shelters downtown.