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No Need For Drugs When You Have 624 Hugs

No Need For Drugs When You Have 624 Hugs

Words and images Kelly Smith

Alistair Galpin on his way to a 'feel good' record

Record breaker Alistair Galpin has done it again. With 624 hugs, Galpin broke the world record for most hugs in an hour beating the previous record by 12 hugs.

With the help of TV ONE’s Good Morning, Galpin succeeded in breaking the world record though he fell short of his own goal of hugging 700 people.

Hugging guidelines stated that no one person could be hugged more than once and all hugs had to be genuine with each person having both arms embracing the other person being hugged.

Besides the title for most hugs in an hour, Galpin also holds titles in snapping the most cucumbers in a minute, and breaking the most vinyl records in 30 seconds.


Kelly Smith is currently an intern for Scoop media based in Wellington . Ms Smith normally resides in Oklahoma and is attached to the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Oklahoma


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