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Portland attempts world record for tree hugging

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 - 00:58

Some 1,000 happy Portlanders go into Oregon's redwoods to attempt a world record for tree hugging. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Go ahead. CALL them 'tree huggers'. They don't mind. Nestled in the majestic redwoods of Portland, Oregon, the Hoyt Arboretum welcomed nearly 1,000 Portlanders on Saturday to its second annual tree hugging event. The original organizer got the idea after reading about a tree hugging record set in Pakistan. Really? He thought. Portland's got to OWN this. So they did. They broke the record last year and were out to beat their own tree hugging record again this year. SOUNDBITE: DAMON SCHROSK, ORGANIZER, SAYING: "We currently hold the world record but a few different countries have actually put numbers higher than us that are not official yet. But we're trying to re-break the record and set a higher number." To really count, the tree hugging has to be simultaneous and last for a full minute. The unofficial record was set in Nepal with over 2,000 tree huggers. That means Oregon's tree huggers still have some work to do. Not a bad thing. Who doesn't want a free hug once in a while?

Portland attempts world record for tree hugging

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014 - 00:58

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