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Kevin Zaborney's FREE HUG Sign

Origin

Kevin Zaborney

Type

FREE HUGS sign

Effects

Causes whoever sees it to uncontrollably hug the nearest other person.

Downsides

Huggers will be unable to let go of each other.

Activation

Placing on the ground.

Collected by

Oto Barry and Michael Korss

Section

Holiday-4392

Aisle

Vernal-99H

Shelf

099-121

Date of Collection

January 21, 1974

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​OriginEdit

National Hug a Slug Day or National Hugging Day is an annual event dedicated to hugging. It was created by Kevin Zaborney, and occurs annually on January 21. The day was first celebrated on January 21, 1986 in Clio, Michigan, USA. The idea of National Hug Day is to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often. Zaborney cautions to ask first if one is unsure of the response.

Kevin Zaborney is credited with coming up with the idea of National Hugging Day in 1986. It was included in Chase's Calendar of Events; Zaborney's friend at the time was the granddaughter of the proprietors of the publication. He chose January 21 as it fell between the Christmas and New Year's Holidays and Valentine's Day and birthdays when he found people are generally in low spirits. Zaborney considered that "American society is embarrassed to show feelings in public" and hoped that a National Hugging Day would change that, although he thought that his idea would fail.

​EffectsEdit

​When at least one person sees the sign, that person will uncontrollably hug whoever is closest to them. Soon after, they two or more individuals will be unable to separate from eachother until the sign is neutralized.