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Old 09-16-05, 03:48 PM
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Man breaks TV viewing record - 69 straight hours

Although, when you consider that he gets breaks, 69 hours sounds kind of low.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/16/tv.....ap/index.html

Man breaks record for watching TV

Friday, September 16, 2005; Posted: 12:29 p.m. EDT (16:29 GMT)

Suresh Joachim broke the Guinness world record for the longest time spent watching TV. He finished Friday with 69 hours and 48 minutes.

After passing the previous record of 50 hours and 7 minutes Thursday, Joachim continued until shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning (EDT).

Joachim did his TV viewing in the lobby of WABC-TV as part of the "Guinness World Record Breaker Week" on the syndicated "Live With Regis and Kelly."

Sitting on a brown leather couch, he watched nothing but ABC shows.

"I'm going to be a little tired of watching TV after this," Joachim told The Associated Press by phone during a brief break.

Rules for the couch potato honor, as stipulated by Guinness, allow for a 5-minute break every hour and a 15-minute break every 8 hours. The viewer must otherwise be constantly looking at the screen.

The hardest part, Joachim said on "Regis and Kelly," was "I couldn't watch the people" -- the many, waving passers-by on the street outside the ABC studio.

Joachim, who lives in Toronto but hails from Sri Lanka, now holds more than 16 Guinness records, including the longest duration balancing on one foot (76 hours, 40 minutes) and bowling for 100 hours. He does it, he says, to raise awareness of suffering children.

Congratulations, das. I didn't know that you were Sri Lankan.
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I don't think I could sit through 1 hour of ABC programming.
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I read that, and think the breaks are a load of crap. 5 minutes every hour? 15 minutes every 8? Bull-honkey. If you stop watching, then you aren't watching, and the timer should stop.

Also, this guy holds 16 Guiness records to help "raise awareness of suffering children"? Someone who volunteers in a children's wing at a hospital once a week contributes more to that cause than this guy, I'm sure.

Please don't take offense, das. It's still an impressive accomplishment. I look forward to your reviews.
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That seems really low. I could break that record. Staying awake would be the only difficulty.
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Originally Posted by dick_grayson
I don't think I could sit through 1 hour of ABC programming.
As long as Lost is on, I won't have that same problem.
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Holy shit! That's it! 50 hours (now 69)?!? In my youth, I could have destroyed that record in my sleep. OK, scratch that last part. I once watched all 79 Star Trek episodes in a row, which is just over 68 hours, and that was cake. Granted, I didn't stare at the screen the whole time, but there wasn't a world record involved either. I guess here's the big question: does it have to be live TV, or can it be pre-recorded material. If it's the latter, that record's a joke and deserves to be shattered. Shit, the guy can balance on one foot for longer than that.

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I had the same question as das. If I could setup 70 hours of Tivo shows, and skip through the commercials I think I could make a good attempt at that. Sleep would be the only problem.
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Staying awake for that long is the only impressive aspect of the whole thing.

I wonder how much coffee he drank.
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69 hours of watching ABC?!?
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Originally Posted by spainlinx0
I had the same question as das. If I could setup 70 hours of Tivo shows, and skip through the commercials I think I could make a good attempt at that. Sleep would be the only problem.
No kidding...making it even easier would be if you could watch DVD sets of shows. One season of a show could easily knock out 15 hours or so.
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You let me start 10 AM tomorrow, it'd be Tuesday before I even notice I haven't eaten, slept, groomed, or used the bathroom.
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Staying awake for that long is the only impressive aspect of the whole thing.

I wonder how much coffee he drank.
Side note: when trying to stay up for really long periods of time (longer than a few days), caffeine (and sugar) should be used sparingly. You'll build up a resistance too quickly and will have to fight more crashes if you don't. Or ... um ... so I've heard or somthing.

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Yes... but he did it to raise awareness... of suffering children.
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most college kids could easily break that record, and instead of watching tv, it'd be reading books, an activity that actually requires thinking, unlike most of today's television shows.
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Amateur.
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Shit, if I knew the record was at 50 hours I would of broke it years ago.
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I guess I'm not the only one who opened this thread thinking both that our own dasMonkey had set this record and, "69 hours? is that all?"
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What does this guy do besides wasting his time on getting Guinness records?
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Originally Posted by Ranger
most college kids could easily break that record, and instead of watching tv, it'd be reading books, an activity that actually requires thinking, unlike most of today's television shows.
College kids reading books? What are you on?
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69 hours 48 minutes? Couldn't make it that last 12 minutes huh? If I could do that, I could wipe out my entire unwatched DVD collection.
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All that TV watching is worthless unless he posted about each show he saw.
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Originally Posted by Jadzia
All that TV watching is worthless unless he posted about each show he saw.


Tell your husband that his wife is awesome.
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I read that, and think the breaks are a load of crap. 5 minutes every hour? 15 minutes every 8? Bull-honkey. If you stop watching, then you aren't watching, and the timer should stop.
I've never understood why someone gets rest breaks while trying to break a record. Whether it's TV or pogo-sticking or swimming across the Pacific, how can they say they've done it the longest when they haven't?
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I did all five seasons of Babylon 5 in a single stretch. That's 110 episodes, at 45min each, comes out to 82.5 hours. I took the occasional pee break (5 min an hour would cover that), and ate take-out chinese, but I did it without napping, just a healthy supply of ice cold diet Pepsi (and with an assistant, I wouldn't have to look away from the screen).

Now, do you have to watch broadcast TV, or can it be anything on a TV (DVDs, video games, etc).

Yeah, this would be the legacy I want to leave for my kids.

And, just in case I seem like the total loser already, I've done 100hr stretches doing more brain-stretching activities (studying for finals and marathon coding sessions).
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The REAL record here isn't that he watched TV for 69 straight hours...but that he watched ABC for 69 straight hours. That would test any of our limits! Unless there was a LOST marathon on or something!

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