Talk:2419: Hug Count
I don't know how this makes me feel. I just don't hug. Maybe a couple of female relatives as I leave the traditional Christmas gathering (that didn't happen in 2020) because they expect it of me. But some societies (I'll namecheck the Italians, but there are many others) would possibly break those totals in a day (pre-Covid) just by going to the market-place and sealing deals with the local tradespeople. So my chart dipped drastically ast year, but not so much by absolute count. (No, not looking for sympathy, or virtual hugs, just saying...) 126.96.36.199 23:33, 1 February 2021 (UTC)
What happened in 2007? Seems like a sizeable spike. Being in a reception line at a wedding, for instance? 188.8.131.52 23:43, 1 February 2021 (UTC)
2007 was the year of the xkcd meetup, which involved a lot of hugs, some of which may have involved Randall. Randall also moved from Virginia to Massachusetts that year, which may have resulted in separate small groups of people hugged in the same year. (Both of these facts are mentioned in his blog post from that October 1st.) 184.108.40.206 01:35, 2 February 2021 (UTC)
The Free Hugs Campaign peaked between 2006 and 2007.
2011 is the year Randall announced his gf's cancer. This might mean more people hugged him in support. 2010 might have been a time when some people close to him already knew about that (before the announcement), this would explain the big number in 2010, too. In 2015 he went on a book tour and had many signing sessions, where people might have hugged him. --220.127.116.11 03:54, 2 February 2021 (UTC)