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Viewing ABC shows, man breaks TV-watching record

Associated Press

Couch potato, thy name is Suresh.

Suresh Joachim broke the Guinness world record for the longest time spent watching TV last week, finishing Friday with 69 hours and 48 minutes. The previous record was 50 hours and 7 minutes.

Joachim did his TV viewing in the lobby of WABC-TV in New York City 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,” he said by phone during a brief break.

Guinness rules 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 passersby 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.

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