Consecutive movie watching: It's a skill

Claudia Wavra and Suresh Joachim win Netflix's Popcorn Bowl.

Was the sleep deprivation-induced insanity worth it? Umm, yeah! Netflix

Everyone's good at something, right? After 123 hours and 10 minutes of nonstop movie watching, we've found the best: Netflix's Popcorn Bowl event, in which participants watched multiple movies without sleep until they either gave up, broke the Guinness World Record for longest consecutive movie-watching session, or began to bleed from their eyes.

The event was held at Times Square in New York. It began on October 2 at noon EDT and ended on Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. EDT.

What began with eight participants at the outset was cut down to only two after 57 movies were viewed, including Iron Man, Kill Bill Vol. 2 and The English Patient (that last one is just cruel). Native Sri Lankan Suresh Joachim, 39, and 31-year-old Claudia Wavra of Germany were the survivors winners.

According to Guinness World Record rules, the two could not divert their eyes from the screen, but were allowed 10-minute breaks between movies. Unfortunately for the couch they were sitting on and the doctors and judges who closely monitored them, the two spent those 10 minutes exercising and not bathing.

In a strange bit of randomness, actress Susan Sarandon visited the participants to present the final move movie--Thelma and Louise--and to provide words of encouragement.

Well, it now looks like I've found my purpose in life. I'll need to get a jumbo bag of Cheetos and a case of Mountain Dew tonight for training purposes.

 

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