Students at Utah State University broke the world record forthe “longest kissing chain” in the late evening of Friday, Sept. 23. Theprevious record of 303 participants was set at a school in India earlier thisyear. The Aggies set the new world record with 1,450 participants.
Kissing has played an important role in student traditionsat Utah State. The long standing “True Aggie” tradition—a titlegiven to those receiving a kiss on the “A” under a full moon atmidnight by somebody who is already a “True Aggie,” or on Homecoming—is a right-of-passage for many students. At one time, USU held the record for“most couples kissing at the same place at the same time.”
“I thought we could organize another world record pretty easily,”said graduate student Michael Wilkey. “We’re Aggies; we can do anything when we’reunited!”
Wilkey, with the help of the USU Student Alumni Association plannedand carried out the event.
“Now we will just wait to hear back from the officials atGuinness World Records,” said Wilkey.
To help ensure that the record would be considered byGuinness, Judge Jeff Burbank and Representative David Butterfield were enlistedto act as judicators.
The world record was held in conjunction with the Utah StateUniversity 2011 Homecoming Week which will conclude with the homecomingfootball game as the Aggies take on the Rams of Colorado State, at 6 PM,Saturday, Sept. 24.