The worlds longest kiss lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds and was achieved by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat (both Thailand) at an event organised by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Pattaya, in Pattaya, Thailand, on 12-14 February 2013.
Nine couples entered the annual competition, including a married couple in their 70s. However, it was previous record holders Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat who came out on top, scooping a cash prize and two diamond rings as well as another Guinness World records title.
The event began Tuesday with nine couples. The contestants were not allowed to sit, rest or sleep. They also had to go to the bathroom together with their lips locked.
Last year’s record, set by two Thai men, was about 50½ hours.
- The kiss must be continuous and the lips must be touching at all times.
- If the lips part – the couple are immediately disqualified.
- Contestants must be over the age of consent in the country the event is being held.
- The couple must be awake at all times.
- The contestants must stand during the attempt and cannot be propped together by any aids, such as pillows, cushions or people.
- No rest breaks are allowed.
- Incontinance pads or adult nappies/diapers are not allowed.
- Couples must not leave the venue during their attempt.
The romance of the clinch may have been marred by competition rules requiring contestants to remain on their feet throughout, slurp food and liquids through a straw and even go to the toilet while continuing to press their lips together.
“They were very exhausted because they did not sleep for two-and-a-half days, they had to stand all the time so they were very weak,” Sompron Naksuetrong, vice president of event organiser Ripley’s Believe It or Not!,
The “kissathon” ended shortly before midnight on Valentine’s Day, with the male couple who won last year unable to maintain their smooch, collapsing just two minutes before Ekkachai and Laksana.