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Warning: Pants-less Agitators to Storm Metro Saturday

Participants in the 2008 No Pants Metro Ride wait for a train at Gallery Place. (Ricky Carioti
-- Washington Post)

You might want to arm yourself with some sanitary wipes for any Metrorail travel tomorrow.

Improv Everywhere, a prankster coalition that has a mission of creating "scenes of chaos and joy in public places," plans to send operatives into the Metrorail system who will then drop their trousers in an act of near-naked rebellion.

The group performed the first "no pants" event in the New York subway in 2002; it has since spawned copycat events in 23 other cities from Adelaide, Australia to Warsaw, Poland. (Improv Everywhere is best known for other normalcy-smashing stunts like Frozen Grand Central and The Amazing Hypnotist).

The D.C. chapter plans to meet at Hancock Park at 3 p.m. tomorrow, then bring the nakedness inside L'Enfant Plaza station.

After last year's event, the Post's Dan Zak described the scene as "a fleshy forest of goose-pimpled, sun-starved shanks." Watch -- at your own peril -- the pants-droppers in the act:

By Mike McPhate  |  January 9, 2009; 1:51 PM ET
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Any truth to the rumour that Judge Roy Pearson has been named Grand Marshal for this event?

Posted by: not_fifty | January 9, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

no I heard it is going to be michelle and barrak

Posted by: tahirn | January 9, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

When they say "pants," do they mean in the British English sense, or do they mean trousers? I'm pretty grossed out either way. I do not like sitting on a warm, recently vacated seat on the Metro and this will not improve the situation.

Posted by: kgirl2 | January 9, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

This is supposed to be fun? Or perhaps funny? Just seems foolish and classless. Generation Y has a long way to grow up, unfortunately.

Posted by: RambleOn | January 9, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

They should do this on Inauguration Day. :) Add some humor for all those people stuck on train platforms for hours.

Posted by: Grooven | January 10, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

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