August 10, 2004

Cuddly New Yorkers

And they say California is weird.

New Yorkers embrace cuddle parties

The grab fests are called cuddle parties, and since they started in New York in February, hundreds of people have paid $30 (16 pounds) each to touch and embrace others in intimate gatherings. […]

But the rules are clear. The PJs stay on the whole time and participants are reminded of Rule No. 7: “No dry humping!”

Have all the other means of social interaction failed so miserably that we have to resort to this? I like to think I’m open-minded, but can’t people get together over something… some mutual interest… anything?

Posted by James at August 10, 2004 1:58 PM
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"participants shouldn't be turned off or scared by erections"

Oh Kay.


Posted by: Patti M. at August 10, 2004 2:40 PM

This is what happens when the Red Sox trade Nomar... The whole world goes to hell...

Posted by: Steve at August 10, 2004 3:20 PM

I heard about this on IRC a month ago. Here are the rules.

Read #2, then #7, then #15, then say, "Huh?"

I can understand the lonely person's desire for human touch in a society where that can often be hard to find. And I can sort of see why people would want to do it in a safe environment. But these types of gatherings would be a bit too daft.

Posted by: Mike at August 10, 2004 4:30 PM

#15 could refer to sweat or drool, I guess.

Posted by: Julie at August 10, 2004 5:05 PM

Don't tell me I'm late to the cuddle party!

I do sympathize with these people. I just don't think they've found the solution to their dilemma.

A Samba party would be better.

Posted by: James at August 10, 2004 8:32 PM

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