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(London Evening Standard)   Man known as 'the Naked Commuter' regularly strips down on his boxers on way to work to protest lack of air conditioning on London subway or some damn thing (SFW pics)   (standard.co.uk) divider line 32
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2014-06-16 07:33:24 PM
The chiller for the entire floor of my office broke last week and it took them three days to fix it.  I was seriously considering wearing shorts in protest, but I just stayed home instead.  DC is too farkign hot and muggy in the summer for an office building to be without A/C in June.  Especially since the windows don't open.
 
2014-06-16 08:18:24 PM
I read that as "Naked Computer" and got a weird boner.
 
2014-06-16 08:19:37 PM
you can see that on my front porch every afternoon after I wake up and wander out for my first cigarette

but it's not a protest, I just like showing it off
 
2014-06-16 08:20:28 PM
Mungo only pawn in game of life...
 
2014-06-16 08:22:18 PM

Omahawg: you can see that on my front porch every afternoon after I wake up and wander out for my first cigarette

but it's not a protest, I just like showing it off


living the dream!
 
2014-06-16 08:24:55 PM
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2014-06-16 08:26:45 PM

Lsherm: The chiller for the entire floor of my office broke last week and it took them three days to fix it.  I was seriously considering wearing shorts in protest, but I just stayed home instead.  DC is too farkign hot and muggy in the summer for an office building to be without A/C in June.  Especially since the windows don't open.


The university admin building where my wife works had the AC croak and was down for nearly two weeks. They told faculty and staff that they didn't want people in the offices that were much over 100 for any longer than they had to be. The wife's office on the top floor peaked at 112 one day.
 
2014-06-16 08:27:52 PM
When our ac goes in our office it fricken' reeks.

I swear it happens mostly on Taco Tuesdays as well, which means that everyone spends the afternoon farting and sitting in their own stench. When the fan is out, then we got to listen to it as well; sometimes it's unbearably throaty sounding.
 
2014-06-16 08:28:21 PM
Why doesn't he just switch to a kilt and a wife-beater?
 
2014-06-16 08:29:25 PM
If he's wearing boxers, he ain't NAKED.

'Nude' means no clothes, not underwear.

'Topless' means no bra, not no shirt.

Get OFF my lawn!

/ unless you're naked and at least passable in that state.
 
2014-06-16 08:35:00 PM
I don't blame this guy. The LTC has made every excuse in the book as to why there's no A/C in the tube. I wouldn't want tobspend the summer in a land that doesn't believe in air conditioning even though they desperately need it. Fark that.
 
2014-06-16 08:35:42 PM
"...to spend"

Goddammitsomuch.
 
2014-06-16 08:44:41 PM

nucular bum: I don't blame this guy. The LTC has made every excuse in the book as to why there's no A/C in the tube. I wouldn't want tobspend the summer in a land that doesn't believe in air conditioning even though they desperately need it. Fark that.


I don't know what your experience with the tube is. I know mine isn't very extensive - a couple weeks vacation in the London area a year or so ago - but I saw some pretty antiquated cars on there. I also rode on one line that was air-conditioned. I'd say "don't have the budget to replace that much old equipment that quickly" seems as plausible an excuse as any.
 
2014-06-16 08:49:53 PM

nucular bum: I don't blame this guy. The LTC has made every excuse in the book as to why there's no A/C in the tube. I wouldn't want tobspend the summer in a land that doesn't believe in air conditioning even though they desperately need it. Fark that.


Problem with air conditioning is while it cools the inside of the car/train/whatever it does this while pumping hot air outside. So they could get cool subway carriages but the platforms would be red hot from all the hot air pumped out by the AC. The network is mostly 150 years old. Installing AC would be a huge job.
 
2014-06-16 08:54:40 PM
The Tube isn't overheated. It's so large and low, it has its own constant microclimate.

There's one or two *stations* that overheat in the summer, but they stick massive industrial fans in them.


/naked man just likes to be naked.
 
2014-06-16 08:55:14 PM
Wow, their trains aren't air conditioned.  That sucks.  The last time I got on a train without ac was like 1980-something?  The last time I worked in an office building where the ac shut down was during the black out of aught 3 when I got to ride a bicycle on the northbound land of the Henry Hudson Parkway because there was absolutely no traffic until 125th street.
 
2014-06-16 08:59:10 PM
Boxers aren't naked... unless Mr Pink is poking his head out the fly.

/no tipping.
 
2014-06-16 08:59:26 PM

Flint Ironstag: nucular bum: I don't blame this guy. The LTC has made every excuse in the book as to why there's no A/C in the tube. I wouldn't want tobspend the summer in a land that doesn't believe in air conditioning even though they desperately need it. Fark that.

Problem with air conditioning is while it cools the inside of the car/train/whatever it does this while pumping hot air outside. So they could get cool subway carriages but the platforms would be red hot from all the hot air pumped out by the AC. The network is mostly 150 years old. Installing AC would be a huge job.


Here in NYC we have ac in all the subway cars and yes, the stations can get hot as hell, but they were hot as hell back in the days before all the cars were air conditioned.
 
2014-06-16 09:05:39 PM

dionysusaur: If he's wearing boxers, he ain't NAKED.

'Nude' means no clothes, not underwear.

'Topless' means no bra, not no shirt.

Get OFF my lawn!

/ unless you're naked and at least passable in that state.


Yeah, but the headline says he strips down ON his boxers. So he rides naked sprawled across the backs of a pack of dogs.
 
2014-06-16 09:16:00 PM

luxup: Wow, their trains aren't air conditioned.  That sucks.  The last time I got on a train without ac was like 1980-something?  The last time I worked in an office building where the ac shut down was during the black out of aught 3 when I got to ride a bicycle on the northbound land of the Henry Hudson Parkway because there was absolutely no traffic until 125th street.


You sound hipstery.
 
2014-06-16 09:20:39 PM
i understand...

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2014-06-16 09:22:25 PM
That's why I wear mesh lederhosen during the summer months.
 
2014-06-16 10:14:10 PM
img.fark.net

His mentor.
 
2014-06-16 10:38:10 PM

nucular bum: I don't blame this guy. The LTC has made every excuse in the book as to why there's no A/C in the tube. I wouldn't want tobspend the summer in a land that doesn't believe in air conditioning even though they desperately need it. Fark that.


I don't think you comprehend what 'need' is.

Farking first world problems and their weak, shallow inhabitants.

Now if only I could jump start some way to make *everyone* suffer equally, there'd be less whiny biatches.
 
2014-06-16 10:55:16 PM

Capo Del Bandito: nucular bum: I don't blame this guy. The LTC has made every excuse in the book as to why there's no A/C in the tube. I wouldn't want tobspend the summer in a land that doesn't believe in air conditioning even though they desperately need it. Fark that.

I don't think you comprehend what 'need' is.

Farking first world problems and their weak, shallow inhabitants.

Now if only I could jump start some way to make *everyone* suffer equally, there'd be less whiny biatches.


I don't think you comprehend that I comprehend what "need" is. I'm not talking about third-world places where it's a "dry heat", or where it's hot & humid all the time so they have effective low-tech ways of dealing with it. I'm talking about farking Europe. They seem to live like they were still in the Little Ice Age. The French don't believe in ice in their drinks, the Germans don't believe in providing glasses or carafes of water in restaurants, and the whole damn continent doesn't seem to believe in A/C, in the face of global warming/climate change.

/actually, how *do* you your-o-pee-ans deal with the heat in the face of no a/c?
 
2014-06-16 11:03:09 PM

nucular bum: I don't think you comprehend that I comprehend what "need" is. I'm not talking about third-world places where it's a "dry heat", or where it's hot & humid all the time so they have effective low-tech ways of dealing with it. I'm talking about farking Europe. They seem to live like they were still in the Little Ice Age. The French don't believe in ice in their drinks, the Germans don't believe in providing glasses or carafes of water in restaurants, and the whole damn continent doesn't seem to believe in A/C, in the face of global warming/climate change.


It's not just Europe that's like that. You need to try more rural places.

And as long as they're not dying from heat exhaustion, it's not a 'need'. It's a convenience, like ice in a drink o- OH hey you are talking about convenience. Glad we're on the same page.

If they'll live, they don't need it, it's just an inconvenience. Seriously, society has made people so needy.

And if it's still the 1990s, Germany let the kids go home for the day if it was too hot. Dunno if they still do that.
 
2014-06-16 11:39:00 PM
Here in Tokyo most companies don't allow A/C to be set to lower than 28 degrees (82.4F) in the summer.  There are times where that temperature is higher than what's outside, and I wonder how it's supposed to help anyone.  I certainly don't feel cool in a room with it set to 28 at my office.  We usually disregard our company policy and set it to a temperature that is actually tolerable, especially since it's insanely humid here in the summer and a warm room turns into a sauna.  Sitting in wet clothes and feeling half asleep does not inspire me to accomplish much.

I keep my home A/C quite cooler than most people would because I enjoy cool air.  Many people keep their A/C set higher than they'd like out of a concern for the environment, but I don't think my lone A/C unit (not central, a wall-mount) makes much of a difference when most offices in Tokyo are open from 8am until 11pm 5-6 days a week.  Lighting, cooling and powering all of those buildings so people can appear productive by working late is a much bigger drain on resources.
 
2014-06-16 11:57:18 PM
Sissies.

I was in London during a 'heat wave' many years ago. The temperature got all the way up into the mid 80s. They opened the windows on the tube trains(!), and my New England ass was quite comfortable while the Brits were keeling over.

When the temp dipped into the low 60s at night, my wife would bring a sweater.

/Do wish they would discover ice water, though.
 
2014-06-17 03:15:50 AM
Shockingly, this was all a PR stunt: http://www.london24.com/news/quirky-lo ndon/naked_commuter_exposed_it_w as_all_a_pr_stunt_1_3640809

And the Central Line in summer is hellishly hot.
 
2014-06-17 06:29:01 AM

Bungles: The Tube isn't overheated. It's so large and low, it has its own constant microclimate.

There's one or two *stations* that overheat in the summer, but they stick massive industrial fans in them.


/naked man just likes to be naked.


He's on the District Line, which is shallow and mostly cut and cover, he just wants to get his pecs out.

If he was doing this on Northern, Central or Picadilly he might have a point.
 
2014-06-17 08:03:22 AM
I work with several libraries and was going on a site visit. There was a horrid smell in the front lobby.

Apparently, the library has a serial shiatter who is protesting our late fees policies (books or not-new movies can be taken out for 3 weeks with two renewals. Late fee is ten cents a day)
 
2014-06-17 11:29:02 AM
"his mate launching a new brand of boxer shorts"

I`ll just leave this here...
 
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