Thailand sets movie-watching record
Sify, India, Jan 14

Seventeen exhausted Thais set a new world record for continously watching movies Monday by sitting through just under 65 hours of films, organisers of the event said.

Eleven men and six women clocked up 64 hours and 58 minutes watching 36 films, the Tourism Authority of Thailand(TAT) said in a statement.

Although 38 films were originally scheduled, on the advice of a doctor the organisers wrapped up the screening two films early.

Some 172 film buffs sat in on the record-breaking attempt in the capital when it kicked off Friday, lured by a total of 700,000 baht(16,279 dollars) in prize money offered by the TAT.

The Thais broke the world record of 53 hours and 22 minutes - grabbed by the United States from Thailand last year - helped along only by a 15-minute break every third film.

Office worker Kochapong Sarobol, who set Thailand's previous world record in 2002 with a 50 hours and 21 minute session, was among those who struggled through to the end.

Forty-six people who managed to stay alert for 60 hours will receive just over 13,000 baht each, while the 17 who set the new record will each walk away with just under 19,000 baht.

The new record will take a week to be verified by officials from Guinness World Records.