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Friday, September 29, 2006

That's What We All Need: A Hug

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person...

Music by Sick Puppies. (Visit or for the music).



Serial hugger Juan Mann describes the free hugs he hands out in Pitt Street Mall as fast-food emotion.

His cuddling campaign received an international dose of publicity today, after a clip showing his public displays of affection won a coveted front page spot on YouTube, the most prominent video sharing website. An American television audience of millions also watched him at work, when the video was broadcast on the prime-time breakfast program Good Morning America yesterday.

Today, the hugger was at it again, brandishing his "free hugs" sign in the busy pedestrian thoroughfare, and having quite a few people take him up on his offer.

"It's a way to make people smile," Mann said.

"For every person who gets a hug, you see five walk past with a smile on their face."

Juan Mann (pronounced one man) is a play on words, but the hugger insisted his rules included no names, no phone numbers, no relationships and no dates.

The hit video came about after a meeting - and a hug - more than a year ago with the lead singer of the Sick Puppies, a Sydney band made up of three former Mosman High School students. The singer, Shimon Moore, was working odd jobs by day and playing gigs by night.

Read more of this story on The Sydney Morning Herald.

Readers' Comments    
2006-10-05 00:58:46


hey guys
this is a great video
but i'm looking for the song, anybody has it?

2006-09-29 18:30:58

Peter Rothman

This story from Boing Boing makes a nice counterpoint:

2006-09-29 15:50:36



You never seize to amaze me.

Reading your blog and watching the video feels like a virtual hug leaving a smile on my face.



2006-09-29 14:38:29


Thanks for sharing this, Robin!

This is exactly what I needed to watch today.

posted by Robin Good on Friday, September 29 2006, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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