Man sets hugs record

A 51-year-old American man has embraced the Valentine’s Day spirit faster than anyone before, giving 7,777 hugs in 24 hours for a new world record.

Jeff Ondash, who sought the squeezes under the costumed alter ego Teddy McHuggin, broke the record last night outside the Paris Las Vegas hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

“When you hug somebody, they all walk away from each other smiling,” Mr Ondash said. “They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away; a hug a day – it’s just fun.”

Mr Ondash said he wanted to become the world’s hugging champion to raise money for the American Heart Association during American Heart month.


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