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Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 02/07/2012

‘Simpsons’ fans to attempt watching a ridiculous amount of TV for record, money

“The Simpsons”: Could anybody watch all of it in one sitting? (Fox - Associated Press)
How many episodes of “The Simpsons” would you watch to break a Guinness World Record and win a big cash prize? Perhaps the better question is: How many hours could you physically sit through before you passed out or your eyeballs exploded? (Whichever comes first.)

Beginning Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, 100 fans of Springfield’s first family will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for marathon TV watching by viewing “500 continuous episodes” of “The Simpsons.” The Fox show’s 500th episode will air this month.

In case you’re wondering, at about 23 minutes per episode, with 500 to be watched, it would take eight days to complete this task.

The record is currently held by three American gentlemen who watched 86 hours, 6 minutes and 41 seconds of “24” in late 2010, according to Guinness. (It wasn’t easy, judging by this picture of the winners.)

Besides bragging rights, the last “Simpsons” fan or fans sitting will win $10,500 and some merchandise from the show, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox. According to the rules: “Eating and drinking are allowed, sleeping is not. There will be scheduled rest breaks.” I’m sorry to tell you, person who may think you can win this insane contest, but the 100 available spots have been filled.

“24” and “Simpsons” fans aren’t the only crazy bunch to attempt days’ worth of TV watching. Three fans of “Lost” watched the entire series to raise money for charity.

Anyone care to guess how many hours of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie the winner or winners will be able to watch? Tell us in the comments.

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