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Embrace a new world record with the world’s longest hug

Posted at 6:15 pm, January 18, 2012 in News

Hugging LondonersEver fancied seeing your face emblazoned next to record breaking heroes like the man with the world’s longest fingers nails or  the world’s most pierced lady? Well, now’s your chance. And don’t worry, you won’t have to eat 23,000 Big Macs, squirt milk 2.7 metres out of your eye, or lift 12 kilos with your tongue (yes, these are all genuine world records) – you just have to have a cuddle. Get yourself down to St Pancras International station at 7am on Thursday 19 January to break the world’s longest hugging record. But make sure you bring along someone you like – the time to beat is 24 hours and 34 minutes. The rules state that participants must have their arms wrapped around each other for the duration of the record; no eating or toilet breaks, and if you’ve got an itch or a runny nose you must ask one of those kindly volunteer witnesses to sort it for you. Any broken embraces will lead to immediate disqualification. It’s set to be chilly so wrap up warm or get close to share that body warmth. The good news is hugs release beta-endorphins, a natural opium for the brain. Not only will the winner be a world record holder, but also completely high.

For info, see worldrecordhug.com. Passing by? Send your pictures to blog@timeout.com.

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