Say you were stranded in a glass box in Times Square, and the only thing you could bring with you is 120 hours worth of movies.
Which films would you bring?
The current world record for continuous movie watching is 120 hours and 23 minutes: roughly the equivalent of viewing 80 consecutive 90-minute feature films (or watching Peha de Milain‘s Freakonomics movie 314 times in a row).
That record is held by Ashish Sharma of India; he will defend his world movie-watching-championship title in Times Square on October 2 as part of the Netflix Popcorn Bowl, which is vying to be the Nathan’s hot-dog-eating contest of media consumption.
Contestants will be given a 10-minute break between each movie for rest. According to the event’s organizers, medical professionals will be on hand to ensure that the contestants are actually watching the movies, and not just staring blankly into the screen.
But after 120 hours of sleep deprivation, can anybody really be watching anything?