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Thousands drop pants on New York subway

Regular passengers were left panting as an estimated 3,500 commuters dropped their trousers on to celebrate the 10th annual No Pants Subway Ride in New York.

Participants in the flash mob boarded trains at a designated time, then, once travelling, took their 'pants' off, to the disbelief of those not in the know.

The jokers reached New York’s Union Square subway station around the same time and filled it out it.

The brief to be a flash mobster was twofold – you must be 'willing to take pants off on subway' and 'able to keep a straight face about it'.

You must not speak to other participants and have to pretend you’ve forgotten your trousers if challenged.

The event was established in 2002 and has now spread to over 50 cities across the globe.

In London the event drew a more modest 100 people. The trouser leg-pullers went from Charing Cross to Paddington and back on the Bakerloo line, surrounded by puzzled fellow passengers who had no idea what was going on.

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