Later viewers may have taken him for Peeping Tom. Staggering beneath the yoke of oppressive taxes, the medieval residents of Coventry, England, pleaded in vain for relief. Ironically, deliverance would come from the wife of the very lord who scorned their pleas. Lady Godiva repeatedly urged her husband, Leofric, to lessen the people's tax burden, and time and again he refused. Yet she persisted, and one day in exasperation he told her he would lower taxes when she rode a horse, naked, through the streets of the town at midday.
On Eve of Exams, Students Strip for Naked Lap
Nude Awakening: The Origins of UCSC’s First Rain Run | Good Times Santa Cruz
It was a normal Tuesday night. Then scores of Harvard students dropped their underwear. The undergraduates unhooked bra straps, let towels fall from their bare bodies, and braved the chill of a 31 degrees-Fahrenheit Cambridge night to sprint a nude lap around Harvard Yard as part of the fall iteration of Primal Scream. A biannual tradition, Primal Scream takes place at the end of reading period and just before the start of final exams in both the fall and spring semesters.
Nude Awakening: The Origins of UCSC’s First Rain Run
Primal Scream is a tradition at Harvard University that forms part of the streaking at educational institutions. At midnight on the last night of reading period and before final exams begin, students streak through the Old Yard. The streakers begin in the north end of The Yard and generally make one lap around, but the more adventurous sometimes aim for more. This is done both semesters, even during New England winters.
It was 30 years ago, in the fall of , not long after the devastating Loma Prieta Earthquake. Then, Simon got daring, instructing participants to take their pants off—prompting the manager to kick all players out of the dining hall. Finding that the strip tease provided for a nice stress relief, some students remarked that they wanted to do it all again someday. Overhearing their conversation, Hendrickson mentioned that some schools had naked runs following the first snowfall of every year. And the next year, the tradition was on.