Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Free Hugs: Newfoundland

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann . His intention was to change the world one hug at a time. In a world where we live so insularly, IPods in our ears, Blackberries at our fingertips, and lawyers on speed dial: this idea was radical. It spread fast.

And was banned by authorities just as quickly...you have to have insurance for that kind of thing. But a petition and moocho media later (Oprah) and suddenly the red tape disappeared.

Since this campaign started (2004) it has spread- and of course you know Newfoundlanders had to get in on the action. And here they are doing just that:



Have you hugged someone today?

3 comments:

c'est moi said...

Sounds like a good idea but I could see some elderly people keel over if a stranger approached them for a hug. I just got back from Montreal. From a northerners perspective, it is amazing how cold and distant southerners are. No eye contact, no smiles, and no curtousy for our neighbours but I'm sure this is not news to a displaced Newfoundlander.

nadinebc said...

It was hard to get used to at first, but it becomes a way of life. That is why it is so nice to get home.

WhitbyDude01 said...

I can't help but think of stand-up comedian Shawn Majomner talking about how everyone is so amazed at how kind Newfoundlanders are and that they have to be the friendliest people on the planet. "The reason is simple people. It's because we want to screw ya". ahahaha