A handful of brave exhibitionists take part in the "No Pants Subway Ride" along the Yonge Subway line in Toronto January 13, 2013.
Credits: DAVE ABEL/QMI AGENCY
For Fan Yuan, riding the subway in her underwear is an exhilarating experience. Transcendental, even.
But mostly, it's just fun.
Yuan, 24, was one of 60 people who took part Sunday in the No Pants Subway Ride.
Participants in the annual event strip off their bottoms until they're wearing only skivvies and go for a ride on Toronto's subway system - all in the name of silliness.
Yuan has done this twice before - both times in New York, where the event originated. This is her first time to strip down in Toronto.
"I'm a little nervous because I've never done it here in Toronto, and I don't know how people will react to it," she said. "But I think the point is to make people laugh and wonder, ‘What are all these people doing?'"
This was Tev Goldstien's first time.
"I've been watching these guys for years now (on YouTube)," Goldstien said. "What they do looks ridiculous, and I wanted to be part of (it)."
On a speeding subway, one 30-something man wore a fall jacket, a shirt, plaid boxers, socks and brown dress shoes. His friend dressed in a shirt, grey briefs and sneakers. A few cars down, a woman read a book while wearing a hoodie, a blouse, red panties.
Many fully-dressed riders would look, quickly look away and then look again. Others stared. Some laughed.
The No Pants Subway Ride originated in New York City in 2002, the brainchild of seven comedians wanting some thrills by shocking others in a relatively inoffensive way. It has since spread to over 60 cities, including London, Sydney, Berlin, Shanghai and Paris
Charlie Todd was one of the originators.
"It's been crazy to watch the event grow and spread," he said. "People enjoy being part of something bigger than themselves, and I think people appreciate that the event is solely for fun. There's no agenda other than having a good time making others laugh."