Why Two Friends Hugged for 31 Hours
They embraced outside a library at Iowa State University to set a record
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2015 3:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Two friends attending Iowa State University got bored this summer and figured they'd try to break a Guinness World Record. But which one? "We saw the world's longest hug and said 'Oh, we can do this one,'" Amanda Nerem, 19, tells ABC News. So last Friday, Nerem and her 20-year-old pal, Alec Norem, embraced outside an ISU library at 6pm and held on for as long as possible—including five-minute breaks every hour to eat and use the bathroom, reports Iowa State Daily. But even that got challenging when the library (and its bathroom) closed, forcing Nerem and Norem to use a gallon-size container.

"I don't know a lot of people who can hold onto someone for so long without getting sick of it," Norem says. "I think the whole experience brought us a lot closer. ... In your four years of college you want to do things that you'll remember for the rest of your life and for her and I, this was perfect for that." Luckily, friends helped out by supplying food (pulled pork, pizza, and energy drinks) and recording the event for Guinness. The embrace finally ended at 1am the following day, after 31 hours, which beats the previous 26-hour record. But Nerem and Norem are still waiting to see whether Guinness gives official approval. "We both agreed that if they didn't approve it, we're going to do it again," says Nerem. (See 5 crazy new Guinness World Records.)