If you're staying in tonight, chances are you're going to pass the time by watching TV via Netflix, Hulu, or some other kind of streaming service. Maybe you'll watch a couple episodes of something, or maybe you'll really turn up and binge-watch a whole 10-episode season. What you probably won't do is keep going for 94 hours, unless you're either clinically insane or going for a Guinness world record. Maybe both.
There's someone who has done that, though — Alejandro "AJ" Fragoso, a 25-year-old Brooklynite who braved nearly four straight days of TV consumption in order to beat the world record TV binge. According to Variety, the brave and possibly deluded soul watched back-to-back episodes of Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Twilight Zone, and Bob's Burgers, among others. The event, held at a Midtown Manhattan apartment in a stunt sponsored by multimedia software company CyberLink, began Friday, April 8, and concluded just after 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
The previous record for longest-marathon TV watching was 92 hours, reached by five Austrians at an event organized by LG Electronics Austria just last month. Fragoso apparently had two other bingers with him at the start, but only he reached the finish line under the watch of an official Guinness judge. He credited his Mediterranean diet and frequent standing and stretching as allowing him to make it the full distance.
"Throughout this process I learned that binge-watching TV for abnormally long durations can actually be quite physically taxing," said the young man, probably with an alarmingly blank look in his eyes.
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