Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Couch Potato

Did y'all hear about Suresh Joachim who broke the Guinness world record for the longest time spent watching TV? Well, he achieved this Friday with 69 hours and 48 minutes of viewing time.After passing the previous record of 50 hours and 7 minutes Thursday, Joachim continued until shortly after 7 a.m. Friday morning (ET).

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 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.

Is it just me or don't some of these records seem really ridiculous?Nobody should be forced to watch ABC nonstop-talk about torture. Anyway,for all those of us who love television we can now point to Mr Suresh when people question our viewing habits.But,I really don't see how doing these things raise awareness of suffering children.Its more a case of Mr Man drawing attention to himself and trying to look less egotistic. What y'all think?

got to be a better way to raise awareness
MOst of these records that people set and break are totally useless...yuh wonder why they do it. The fun of it and the competition I suppose.

How does it raise awareness of anything but the record breakers' feat?

As JDid says there has to be more effective way.
Dem people have nutten fe do...clearly dem nuh work!
Raatid, I beat dat record long time ago!
Chat bout!
I bet dat dey is much more people out dey dat brek dat record long time...but wha kinda awarness he trying tuh raise..what's the point.

Earlier this week, Barbados was trying to make the Guiness Records of laying a mile long worth of Silver dollars. unfortunately they missed it by about 100 yrds, but managed to raise over BDS$70,000 for some charaties throughout the island
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Depends what he does with the attention he gets...even though he certainly wouldn't have mine.
Okay, maybe he'll raise awareness of AIDS in Africa by setting the record for the longest time spent while dead. I can't wait for him to start.
thats crazy. that man has 2 much time on his hands. i cant imagine watching tv for that long.
Craziness! TV? Jeesh! He needs to revamp the plan.

Actually, Suresh is not the slouch that he may appear at quick glance, he has records including running for 1000 hours, dribbling a basketball nearly 100 miles, and running over 200 miles in 48 hours on a treadmill. He has a website which promotes his attempts and accomplishments, along with the causes he supports, including the UFFORSC (Universal Fund For Suffering Children.)
He has donation bins at all his events, and speaks out actively about his causes to anyone who will listen. He plans to travel over 3000 miles by foot, collecting money for the UFFORSC, and signatures on a petition to the United Nations for a world ceasefire day (June 24.)
His next plan is to iron nonstop for more than 40 hours to break the current record held by a woman, and also set the static cycling record.
I have watched many hours of TV whilst sick, and it's not as easy as it sounds, headaches and naseau set in fast... neither is standing on one foot for an hour, let alone 76. His 100 hours of bowling impresses me, because after 2 games I can barely lift my arm next day.

Sorry for the long comment, but it seemed he was being ganged up on, with only part of his story being told, he should feel proud and recieve recognition for his effort...
^^ well, shut my mouth...
Dat yute nuh have nuttin fi do! I was wondering if he had to stay in that couch for 96 hrs without taking a bathroom break, that would have been a messy couch!
Good ting him tek a break. What him trying, to get the guiness world record for the person with the most guiness world records?
I was just about to bash him when I read Trouble's comment. Respect to Suresh, 'cause him better than me!
Hi There! Really cool site . Ok so I'm always searching for this kind of stuff.
I have this fascination thing. Keep up the good work!
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