"Man Breaks 'Couch Potato' Record

September 16,2005 | NEW YORK -- Couch potato, thy name is Suresh. Suresh Joachim broke the Guinness world record for the longest time spent watching TV. He finished Friday with 69 hours and 48 minutes.

--First of all, big deal -- that's not that long

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.

--- ok, well that could be really tough

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.

---Regis and Kelly? oh wow, this guy is really tough.

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."

---A Canadian? We're going to let a Canadian hold the Couch Potato Record? OK, his motives are honorable, but -- a Canadian is the mostest bestest Couch Potato in the World? Not acceptable.


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