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Participants of Hands Across America in 1986

After 20 shameful years of failure, “Hands Across America” has finally been completed, as bloggers across the country hold “virtual” hands from one coast to the other, creating a “chain of blogger love,” and unifying the United States.  America is back on the right track!


All participants — please touch your monitors tonight at 10PM EST.  You will be holding the virtual hands of other fine American bloggers.  If you were not on the designated cross-country route, please feel free to join in the festivities anyway — or just serve us all some ice cold lemonade.



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  1. LOVE IT!!! “New Age” and technology unite. I feel the love already as anticipation builds.

  2. I hear bloggers in Luxemburg are trying to organise a similar event. Hands Across Luxemburg however just doesn’t have the same pizzazz.

    Good luck.

  3. Does it count if you are wireless? I am covering “south” jersey.

  4. I’m touching mine, are you touching yours?

  5. Totally touching right now.

    Okay 10:01, I can let go now. Where’s my anti-bacterial hand sanitizer…

  6. Dustin, is that you in New York? It feels as if you are here in California with me! Like an electrical current is being passed into my hand. I can almost hear the street sounds of Manhattan. And I think I hear, it almost sounds like a rodeo… can that be Texas?… three great American States all as one!

  7. I totally missed it, man! You didn’t say it was going to be TONIGHT! I was putting my kid to bed and I come here to find out the whole thing is over…
    I thought a memo would be going out or something…

  8. By the way, are you the tall geeky kid in that picture up there? Because I would totally believe that.

  9. Sarah — while I looked a little like that, that isn’t me. I found it online. I would not have been the type to have participated in this type of event… until now.

    And my hand will always be on my monitor for you, Sarah.

  10. Sonufabitch. I fell asleep on the sofa and missed the moment of virtual togetherness. Damn bronchitis!

    Well, I was there in spirit…

  11. arkansas connection

    July 26, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    i think i’m falling asleep.

  12. arkansas connection

    July 26, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    wait.. you said EST. then I was here!!!

    NOW, i’m going to sleep

  13. So, I go to do a Technorati search, and I see the FEATURED BLOG is Neilocha! What on earth? You are one popular guy.

    Way to go!

  14. NUMBER  on Entertainment Top Blog Posts on Technorati?

    OMG, OMG!!!  What’s next?

  15. lance is gay, i’m so surprised!!!!

  16. I caressed my monitor from Austria in a gesture of love, but think I missed the mass orgasm. Ho hum, just one more orgy I arrived too late for.

  17. I misread that thinking it said “we beat off gay Lance Bass.” My bass… er, bad.

  18. Non-Highlighted Heather

    July 27, 2006 at 6:29 am

    Like Lance Bass being gay is news. Duh.

  19. I boycotted this because it excluded my region … and because Blogs Across America is less cool than beer.

  20. You’re so popular and powerful. How long did it take to organize the first hands across?

  21. I completely missed the previous blog where you explained the “Blog Across America” event. Like a fool I sat with my hand on my monitor at the appointed time, thinking I “felt the love”. I am so gullible. How could you leave out Oregon?! Its official…I am going to run for governor on the platform of Oregon seceding from your “America”. We always felt that we didn’t fit in, this just proves it.

  22. I always miss my deadlines.

  23. Neil, go look – Lance is gone, and yesterday you were number one in enteryainment blog posts, now you’re number one in Life Blog Posts…

  24. Lance Bass, GAY? Who knew?

  25. This was one of the most amazing events I’ve ever participated in! But I would like to officially state for the record that I was using performance enhancing drugs when I held hands with those other two states. It doesn’t make this victory any less sweet for America, though.

  26. Good luck with that! Even if it doesn’t work, at least you got the publicity. And as you know from living in LA, all publicity is good.

  27. You know, your post was SO much more interesting than the story about Lance Bass being gay. Thank god they didn’t reprint the one about him wanting to go up in space. Now THERE’S some competition.

  28. I propose you make t-shirts to commemorate the event, with a logo on the front and this triumphant declaration on the back:


  29. *desperately trying to work out time zone differences to touch the blonde’s hand*

  30. I’ll fondle my monitor in solidarity.

  31. This is much better than Hands Across America. Computers don’t sweat!

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