Binge watching television is the new normal, and most of us would probably rather spend a Saturday night actually Netflix and chilling rather than "Netflix and chilling." But for Brooklyn man Alejandro “AJ” Fragoso, binge watching just earned him a place in the Guinness World Records.
Fragoso just ended an epic 94-hour stint of binging back-to-back episodes of shows like Battlestar Galactica, The Twilight Zone, Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bob's Burgers and Adventure Time. The marathon was done in an apartment in Manhattan, beginning on April 8 and ending in the early hours of this morning, sponsored by the software company CyberLink.
The binge began with three participants, but only Fragoso made it to the finish line. CyberLink was kind enough — and smart enough — to have a physician on hand to make sure that the participants remained safe during the extended period of television viewing. Fragoso's 94 hours beats out the previous world record of 92, accomplished only last month in Austria.
According to Variety, Fragoso endured a surprising array of side effects, including "an elevated heart rate and ... an increased frequency of involuntary open-eyed micronaps and acute hallucinations." So, you know, no big deal.
Fragoso told the publication:
"Throughout this process I learned that binge-watching TV for abnormally long durations can actually be quite physically taxing."
He noted that frequent stretching and a Mediterranean diet were instrumental in keeping him awake for the duration.
If there's any piece of television that could convince a person to stay awake for 94 hours and blow through it all, Portlandia determined it's most definitely Battlestar Galactica:
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