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Thai couple pucker up for a record-breaking 46 hours

AP, PATTAYA, Thailand

It was one long kiss for a couple — one record-breaking embrace for mankind.

A determined Thai couple locked lips for 46 hours, 24 minutes and nine seconds to celebrate Valentine’s Day, emerging victorious after a “kissathon” organizers claim marked the longest recorded smooch in history.

The previous record of just over 32 hours was set in 2009 by a couple in Germany, according to Guinness World Records, whose officials will have to verify the latest milestone for it to become official.

Fourteen couples kicked off the contest at 6am on Sunday. By Monday afternoon, half had already beaten the record and were still puckering at a shopping mall in Pattaya.

“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, he said, “is amazing.”

The winner was announced before dawn yesterday: a Bangkok couple, Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat. They won a diamond ring worth 50,000 baht (US$1,606), and a 100,000 baht cash prize.

According to the rules, the lovebirds’ lips could not part at any time. Any drinks could only be consumed through straws while continuing the kiss, and the couples had to remain embraced during bathroom breaks possible every three hours — accompanied by contest monitors.

No sitting or sleeping were allowed and one woman participating with her boyfriend fainted just half an hour after the event began.

Thailand is still a conservative nation where kissing in public is frowned upon.

Participants had to prove they were either married or truly a couple — a letter from both parents or a marriage certificate was acceptable.

“We want to show that love is meaningful and powerful,” Somporn said.

“It’s not easy to stand there and kiss for that long. They really have to help each other and support each other,” Somporn said.

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