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Need a hug? Take a visit to the nicest place on the internet.
posted by to sir with millipedes (69 comments total) 49 users marked this as a favorite

 
D'awww. That was indeed the nicest place on the internet!
posted by Malice at 4:14 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Bah humbug.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 4:18 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I LOVE THIS.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 4:20 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


An armpit? A fuzzy dude-chest? I still want my giant Totoro tummy to rest upon.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:20 PM on December 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


When I hug someone I look over their shoulder, if not over their head, not into their chest. Who are all these huggy giants?
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:26 PM on December 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


These people are clearly hugging webcams. It looks awkward because it is awkward.
posted by 2bucksplus at 4:27 PM on December 2, 2011 [4 favorites]


I think I actually knew one of those people from NYC. Weird. Is there a list of who they are?
posted by lampshade at 4:31 PM on December 2, 2011


So many people are masturbating to this right now.
posted by Dia Nomou Nomo Apethanon at 4:31 PM on December 2, 2011 [11 favorites]


That was okay, but when I really need to be cheered up, I watch a few dozen replays of these two videos.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:32 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I just got out of the shower and am sitting here in front of my computer sans clothes. Having random internet people come up to hug me was extremely unsettling.
posted by phunniemee at 4:35 PM on December 2, 2011 [3 favorites]


I'm all set to hug my webcam. The camera is on, and I'm positioning myself in front it. I can see myself on my screen, but I can't see you. So I'm just going to have to approach the cam and give myself a hug. But I'm thinking of you.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:35 PM on December 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


Hey, is that Dolores Park? *Hugs internet back* (Double-tap bro-hug for the dudes - *pat pat*)
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:36 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


HUGS ARE NOT FOR RELAXING

* nervous eyes *
posted by everichon at 4:41 PM on December 2, 2011


Please don't hug me. It sickens me.
posted by Kandarp Von Bontee at 4:42 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Okay so the last time I was at Dolores Park I saw a dog take a blue shit. Like, bright semi-gloss latex exterior paint blue. And the dude walking the dog tried to laugh it off saying, Oh, he must have eaten a condom. Nope! It'd take about nineteen boxes of condoms to be that blue, but it didn't because your dog is an alien and you know it.
posted by villanelles at dawn at 4:44 PM on December 2, 2011 [16 favorites]


well, at least i don't have to worry about if they're using enough deoderant
posted by pyramid termite at 4:47 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I still want my giant Totoro tummy to rest upon.

If and when we get to some Singularity-ish ipod-jack-in-skull point, I am so having a Totoro to rest upon.

And a personal attendant named...Astrid.
posted by everichon at 4:47 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Was I the only one waiting for something scary to jump up at first?
posted by Splunge at 4:48 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Did anyone else notice the gorilla dancing through the scene about midway through?
posted by jquinby at 4:49 PM on December 2, 2011 [13 favorites]


I'll click on this, but if it doesn't take me to Mr. Rogers neighborhood I'm going to punch someone.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 4:49 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The armpit of the internets?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 4:51 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Metafilter: the nicest place on the internet.
posted by Hairy Lobster at 4:54 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


ACK...stay away from me!
posted by UseyurBrain at 5:00 PM on December 2, 2011


sneetches, without Mr. Rogers, the neighborhood just isn't the same anymore.
posted by filthy light thief at 5:02 PM on December 2, 2011


Cleavage! Mahahhaha take that, nice people, I was scoping out your cleavage.
posted by nathancaswell at 5:08 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


PS tell Dario I said thanks
posted by nathancaswell at 5:09 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


The first one (and a lot of those other hugs) are recognizably from San Francisco.

I'd give out with a big hug from Teh City, too...sigh...but it seems my computer tells me my webcam security is currently set to practicing abstinence, e.g. "Safe Hex."
posted by Dunvegan at 5:09 PM on December 2, 2011


I thought we were the nicest palce on the internet.
posted by jonmc at 5:10 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


that was *super* *nice*. thanks.
posted by facetious at 5:12 PM on December 2, 2011


Affected people are affected.

</snark
posted by humboldt32 at 5:29 PM on December 2, 2011


that is just wonderful
posted by jonclegg at 5:32 PM on December 2, 2011


I can honestly say I was slightly surprised that this wasn't a picture of a man holding his ass open.

I liked it all the more for that.
posted by poe at 5:37 PM on December 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


More like creepiest place on the internet. WHY ARE THESE STRANGERS HUGGING ME?????
posted by MaryDellamorte at 5:37 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I feel kinda bad cause I was just watching The Walking Dead before I clicked on the nicest place on the internet and I might have just shot a bunch of people.
posted by orme at 5:45 PM on December 2, 2011


These people would NOT be giving me this many hugs if they knew how gassy I am tonight. Hoo boy.

(That was uplifting in a way I did not expect, which is kind of worrisome from an "am I really lonely?" perspective.)
posted by Turkey Glue at 5:48 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Don't touch me! Nothing gives you that right!

But seriously, I fucking love this. So wonderful.

And for all of you reading this, I'm choosing to stay in on this Friday night instead of going to a party, because I just feel like spending my night with MeFites instead. Hugs for all of you! I love you all!
posted by Navelgazer at 5:51 PM on December 2, 2011 [7 favorites]


I just got home from a long day at work and now I've got the warm and fuzzies.
posted by JauntyFedora at 6:11 PM on December 2, 2011


Sorry, Navelgazer, but we have plans. Help yourself to whatever you want in the fridge.
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:14 PM on December 2, 2011


Hey, she touched my ass.
posted by anothermug at 6:28 PM on December 2, 2011


CANT SLEEP GIANT ARMPIT WILL EAT ME
posted by JHarris at 6:29 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is it just me or is this the kind of thing that sci-fi authors in the 80s thought up as examples of technology replacing human contact?

I'll never have to go outside again!
posted by auto-correct at 6:47 PM on December 2, 2011


Funny that this "Do you need a hug" post came right after the "This is how you die" post. UNICORN CHASER!
posted by shortyJBot at 7:01 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


No, this is just a simulacrum of what a hug is, and therefore, far inferior, ergo, making me miss a real hug that much more.
posted by Relay at 7:15 PM on December 2, 2011


this is like porn for emotions

if you never got hugged before, or if you never got hugged in the last 10 years, and this makes you remember how it feels to get hugged, and you appreciated that, then you know where I'm at on this
posted by nervousfritz at 7:49 PM on December 2, 2011 [5 favorites]


By all rights I should hate that song but I think it's adorable and charming. It's the last track on My Brightest Diamond's most recent album All Things Will Unwind, for anyone who cares.
posted by valrus at 8:08 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


Slowly she pressed herself to him. He felt the stiffening points of her nipples and the firm swell of her pert breasts and she gently wrapped him in her bare arms. His breathing came a little faster; became a little more irregular as he lightly took one wrist and guided her hand to... damn damn damn DAMN! Oh internet, why does it friggin' ALWAYS come to this??!
posted by Mike D at 8:12 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Jesus. I hate zombie movies.
posted by benzenedream at 8:28 PM on December 2, 2011


OK, hugs are great, and I internetly hugged twenty people: twenty young people.

Y'know, people over 50 like to hug, too. Unfortunately, we are not so photogenic.
posted by kozad at 8:28 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


I miss handshakes.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 9:13 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


Kozad- I saw several people over fifty. A couple older white guys, a Middle-Easterner, and an Asian lady. Maybe you didn't watch far enough.

Also, this seems to be more of a "submit a video" kind of thing, rather than people going out and recording. So it'd make sense for most of the videos to be of the younger generations-they're the kind who spend most of their time on the internet, and would find/care about this site.


Overall, I found it pleasant, if not a bit sad. Maybe it's the slow pace of music. Maybe I just really need a hug.
posted by FirstMateKate at 9:18 PM on December 2, 2011


If you don't have flash installed, then this link just goes to a completely black page that says "the nicest place on the internet" in the corner.

Which I honestly thought was the point, at first. "Nah," i thought to myself, "this is only nicer than like 97% of the internet."
posted by churl at 9:31 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I got a buffered hug.
Now I'm depressed.
posted by llc at 9:43 PM on December 2, 2011


It was ok, at first, or even more than ok. And for a moment it made me happier. But all those people were skinny people. I'm fat and I'm not ok. And I know those people don't want to hug fat people. It's ok. I don't want skinny people to feel bad. I just wish I was ok too, and skinny.
posted by Max Udargo at 9:50 PM on December 2, 2011


Man, Magnolia Electric Co - Leave the City just came on as I started watching this. There must be a german word for this match.
posted by xorry at 10:01 PM on December 2, 2011 [1 favorite]


That was just lovely, thank you.
posted by arcticseal at 10:47 PM on December 2, 2011


I got major warm-fuzzies from this. Everyone needs a hug. The essence of an anonymous hug, well meant, is that someone somewhere wants you to be well. That's what I got and that's what I'll take.
posted by wallabear at 11:25 PM on December 2, 2011 [2 favorites]


I read an article about a survey some researchers did, where they asked people what they were thinking about while hugging:

Women think about friendship, security, companionship, love, etc.

Men think about boobs.

(I wish I was making this up.)
posted by MexicanYenta at 12:29 AM on December 3, 2011 [4 favorites]


Max Udargo, I'm fat and I'll hug you. I've also been hugged by people of all sizes and I'm gonna guess these people are hugging the internet, which is a great spectrum of all sizes.
posted by Wuggie Norple at 1:04 AM on December 3, 2011


Because who doesn't want to just give the internet a big hug now and then?
posted by straight at 1:04 AM on December 3, 2011


Yeah Max, I"m a chunky custard and I hug folk a bit. And they hug me. I'd hug you. Want one now, possum?
posted by taff at 5:30 AM on December 3, 2011


love it
posted by freakazoid at 5:38 AM on December 3, 2011


I'm pretty large, soft and pillowy myself. When it comes to hugging, I've always considered this an advantage, not a drawback. Probably because the best childhood hugs were from my plump grandmother. Anyway, I really loved this post. My favorite of the day.
posted by marsha56 at 5:44 AM on December 3, 2011


The site is terribly gray to be the nicestbplace on the internet. Also, the way the quick edit style of the video with all those people coming at me was unsettling, and I'm a hugger.
posted by datter at 6:58 AM on December 3, 2011


What kind of hippie cult is this?
posted by azarbayejani at 8:57 AM on December 3, 2011


Another nod for plump pillow-hugs, they make me feel good. No offense, skinnyboneses.
posted by gorgor_balabala at 9:11 AM on December 3, 2011


Cleavage! Mahahhaha take that, nice people, I was scoping out your cleavage.
posted by nathancaswell at 8:08 PM on December 2 [1 favorite +] [!]


Shocker.
posted by thinkpiece at 5:05 PM on December 3, 2011


The first one, in Dolores Park, made me go “whoa, how do they know where I live?”
posted by spitefulcrow at 5:37 PM on December 3, 2011


This morning I got a couple calls from family I sent the link to. It was all, hey man, thanks for the hugs, that was so cool!

So yeah, hugs.
posted by wallabear at 7:15 PM on December 3, 2011


The armpit thing? Yeah, that's how it is for us short people. So bend down a bit, okay?
posted by deborah at 10:02 PM on December 3, 2011


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