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Undress for Excess 

Gas prices go up, pants go down

Americans are more comfortable with violence than nudity, naked people are exhibitionists/attention-starved/obscene/depraved (circle one and move on), and the police will arrest you if you run around in the altogether in public — have we covered all the stereotypes? Good, let's get down to business. Naked people are harmless — literally. There are at most two places they can conceal a weapon and both of them preclude running, and naked people are usually too busy giggling to start serious trouble. Naked people are all about fun unless it's cold — then they're all about cuddling for warmth. But tonight at 9 p.m., the naked people are all about protesting oil dependency and promoting a positive body image — and also bike-riding. The St. Louis World Naked Bike Ride urges you to go as bare as you dare while riding your bicycle (or other non-oil-dependent vehicle) around town. Harmless, potentially helpful, naked fun. Bring your parents, your neighbors and best friends, and meet at the Pool Pavilion in Tower Grove Park (4256 Magnolia Avenue) at 7 p.m. for a pre-ride body-painting party. The ride is free, and the sensation of bareback bike-riding is pure freedom. For more information visit
Sat., Aug. 2, 2008

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