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Square-eyed contestants attempt to set TV-watching world record

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Candidates taking part in a World Record TV watching contest in the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, The Netherlands, on September 29. The winner will get a trip to Los Angeles.

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The beginning of the World Record TV watching contest.

A Dutch television station has launched a bid to set a new world record for the length of time a single person can watch TV without a break. The Last Man Watching contest will itself be televised live, though why anybody would want to watch other people watching television for hour after hour remains unclear. According to the organizers, the current record stands at 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds.

The video at right is pretty funny, even if you don't speak Dutch.

Slideshow: Guinness World Records 2012