Seven amorous but exhausted couples smooched their way to a new world record for the longest continuous kiss in Thailand last Monday. The previous record was 32 hours.
“I am glad we could set a new record,” said Somporn Naksuetrong, general manager of the Louis Tussaud’s Waxworks in Pattaya, which hosted the Valentine’s Day event, when they had passed the 32 hour point.
“But at the same time I’m worried for our contestants. They looked really tired. We’ve already prepared medical services for them.”
He said he was particularly concerned about one 51-year-old woman and her 37-year-old husband.
“The wife is weary but not giving up. She is exhausted but she wrote a note to us saying they will be the last couple. I think they will stay until they collapse,” Somporn said.
But it was Ekkachai Tiranarat and his wife Laksana who set the new record for the longest continuous kiss, lasting 46 hours, 24 minutes and nine seconds, to become the last couple locking lips for a prize of about US$3,250 cash and a diamond ring, organizers said.
Fourteen couples joined the contest, kissing their way through the night without stopping even when sipping liquids through straws or going to the toilet with their partner.
They were forbidden from sitting down — except when going to the toilet — or falling asleep. Seven dropped out before reaching the new record.
1. smooch v.
接吻 (jie1 wen3)
例: Moviegoers who want to smooch usually sit in the back rows of the theater.
2. sip v.
小口喝 (xiao2 kou3 he1)
例: Your sore throat will feel a bit better if you sip hot water with lemon juice and cinnamon.
3. drop out v. phr.
退出 (tui4 chu1)
例: Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg both dropped out of Harvard and went into business.