Like something out of that twilighty show about that zone, one hundred people will begin competing Wed. Feb 8 for the honor of top couch potato as The Simpsons 500 Ultimate Fan Marathon Challenge powers on in Hollywood.
In celebration of show's 500th episode later this month, and in an effort to set a new Guinness World Record for longest continuous television watching, Twentieth Century Fox is moving the marketing team from Century City to the center of Hollywood & Highland to run a 500-episode marathon for super fans.
90 people were selected from online applications to compete, with additional spots coming from random drawings and trivia winners. Rules and regulations are detailed on the main contest page including information about how to become a standby viewer.
It will take around 200 hours to watch the episodes -- that's just 64 hours short of the scientifically monitored record set for a human to go without sleep in 1965, notes the L.A. Times.
The current Guinness World Record for continuous television watching is 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds. The contest will end when only one person remains awake, or at high noon on Feb. 13. The winner gets $10,500.
All participants are required to sign a mocking consent and release form certifying that their "physical and mental health are sufficiently sound" to allow safe participation, despite the obvious unspoken understanding that sound judgement and healthy choices play no part in participating in something so sublimely ridiculous.
...Wish me luck.
"Let us all bask in television's warm glowing warming glow." - Homer J