Gay Men Achieve World-Record Longest Kiss [via Gawker]
Matty Daley and Bobby Canciello, students at The College of New Jersey, broke the Guinness World Record this weekend for the longest kiss — 33 straight hours of locking lips. Adult diapers are banned by Guinness, so the boys went through a cleanse to try and rid their bodies of waste — though they had an unspecified contingency plan if one of them had to pee. They’re just friends, and Bobby noted he had permission from his longtime boyfriend to attempt the feat. The previous record, set in 2009, was 32 hours, 7 minutes and 14 seconds.
A Truly Bookless Library [via Inside Higher Ed]
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Applied Engineering and Technology Library has no due dates and no late fees. Because it has no books. As IHE reports, this is the first actually bookless library. What it does offer is plenty of study space and access to 425,000 electronic books and 18,000 journal articles. “You study and work in the library,” San Antonio library dean Krisellen Maloney said. “That’s how libraries have always been. When people come to the library with books, they’re not necessarily using the books. They’re also there for the services — to consult, get instruction, find content, and use the content.”
The Plot Escapes Me [via The New York Times]
It’s an all-too-common phenomenon: you are engrossed with a novel, tear through the book and then a few months later can remember barely anything about it. Never fear, author James Collins writes; it happens to everyone. The details may escape you, but each book leaves some mark on your psyche. “Those books must have reshaped my brain in ways that affect how I think, and they must have left deposits of information with some sort of property — a kind of mental radiation — that continues to affect me even if I can’t detect it.”