Mardi Gras, the World Cup, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? You don’t need our help to mark those events on your calendar. But if you want to eat roadkill or carry your wife for prizes, we found a few other events you might enjoy.
1. No Pants Subway Ride (pictured)
New York City
Don’t be alarmed at the pants-free commuters you’ll see in New York City this month. They are not the victims of an unfortunate lapse in memory. It’s the No Pants Subway Ride (meeting points and dates TBA), an annual “celebration of silliness” that asks participants to leave the pants at home, ride the train and act normal. “Everyone is instructed to keep a straight face,” says Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd, who started the tradition here in 2002. As for why thousands of people willingly take part, Todd has a simple explanation: “When will you ever ride public transportation without pants again?”
2. Australia Day Cockroach Races
The Australia Day Cockroach Races, now in their 32nd year, are said to have started after a, let’s say, spirited debate between two Brisbane barflies over whose neighborhood had the biggest, baddest bugs. Today, the races get TV coverage, have a Hall of Fame (which includes Cocky Balboa and Lord of the Drains), and are subject to formal rules and regulations. In addition to its roster of races, the event features a Miss Cocky beauty contest and a breeders’ corner, where “thoroughbreds” are bought and sold. This year’s races take place January 26 at the Story Bridge Hotel.