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What does the first part of the first sentence mean?


"[I]sn't it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?"

David Niven, at the 1974 Academy Awards, about Robert Opel

As one knows about the act of streaking (running around naked), yet there has been cases when someone goes for it for whatever reasons. This can be on purpose as a prank or dare, but it can also by accident, i.e. when clothes are missing for some reason. Some streakers can chose to show off their whole bodies while others opts for a Hand or Object Underwear often if by accident. This can also by the case in the event of Scenery Censor, where it's left up to the viewers.

Don't Try This At Home as it can become a problem with the law.

Examples of Time to Streak include:

Advertising[edit | hide | hide all]

  • An advert for the body spray Impulse has the Spice Girls appearing to walk down the street in the nude. This is actually subverted as the making of the video revealed the women were indeed clothed, but the camera angles are used to create the appearance they aren't.

Film[edit | hide]

  • In the second Rush Hour film, Hong Kong Police Force Chief Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) and LAPD Detective James Carter (Chris Tucker) are forced to run in rush hour traffic, with only newspapers covering them up.

Music[edit | hide]

  • The 1974 Ray Stevens song "The Streak" is about a random stranger speaking with a reporter following several streaking incidents.

Oral Tradition, Myths and Legends[edit | hide]

Video Games[edit | hide]

  • In the University packs for The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, streaking is an option both at a university and at home.

Web Animation[edit | hide]

  • Many Planet Dolan True Stories contains cases where redditors even engaged or witnessing a random case of someone in the nude.

Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • In the third "Treehouse of Horror" segment of The Simpsons, "Clown Without Pity", Homer is chased out of the bathtub by a possessed Krusty Doll and runs in front of Marge, who was with her sisters, Patty and Selma. The former quips:

There goes the last lingering thread of my heterosexuality

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  • Family Guy episode, "Don't Make Me Over" Stewie is dared by Brian to run around in the mall naked. Stewie takes the dare and yells,

 Help! I've escaped from Kevin Spacey's basement!

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Other Media[edit | hide]

Real Life[edit | hide]

  • Just in case you don't know, streaking was a fad in the United States (and elsewhere) during the 1970s, leading to the Ray Stevens song cited above.
    • In 1974, a man named Robert Opel managed to get backstage at the Academy Awards and ran nude across the stage behind actor David Niven as he was about to introduce Elizabeth Taylor. Despite Niven's quip, quoted at the top of the page, Opel briefly became a celebrity and he was even hired to streak at a Hollywood party on at least one occasion. In 1976 he ran for President of the United States, and used the slogans "Nothing to Hide" and "Not Just Another Crooked Dick".