Longest Kiss Record Broken on Valentine's Day
The longest kiss record has been broken.Seven couples have locked lips for more than 33 hours to celebrate Valentine's Day in this southern Thai beach resort town in what organizers claim is the longest recorded smooch in history.
The previous record - 32 hours, 7 minutes and 14 seconds - was set in 2009 by a couple in Germany, according to Guinness World Records.
Fourteen mostly Thai pairs entered the contest when it kicked off Sunday morning at 6 a.m. local time. By Monday afternoon, half were still smooching away on the white-marble corridor a shopping mall, where tourists gawked and smiled at the spectacle, snapping pictures with glowing mobile phones behind a red rope.
"We didn't think we would find anybody that could break the record," said Somporn Naksuetrong, the manager of Pattaya's Louis Tussaud's Waxworks museum, which organized the competition. That seven couples apparently did so, he said, "is amazing."
The last couple left kissing wins a diamond ring worth 50,000 Thai Baht (1,606 U.S. dollars), and a 100,000 Baht (3,213 U.S. dollars) cash prize.
According to the rules, the lovebirds' lips cannot part at any time. They are allowed to drink water, coffee, milk or juice - but only through straws while continuing to kiss. They also have to remain embraced during bathroom breaks possible every three hours - accompanied by contest monitors.