After Chris Dean, 15, and Mike Dudek, 17, decided they wanted to be listed in the Guinness World Records, they leafed through the tome and decided the easiest record to break would be the 47-hour-15-second record for longest continuous TV-watching.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., teenagers e-mailed Guinness for the rules and were told that a record of 50 hours, five minutes had been set in Germany earlier this year.

So at 3 p.m. on Aug. 17, the two hunkered down in a local IHOP restaurant to watch television -- for 52 hours.

"We had planned to watch for 72 hours, but once we broke the record we were ready to stop," said Dean, who says he doesn't normally watch much television. He said they didn't sleep and went through three pots of coffee.

"We didn't have cable, so we didn't have many options," said Dean, noting his parents were "very supportive" of the effort. "We basically just watched the Olympics the whole time. But I was kind of disappointed because none of the cool sports were on; it was mainly just swimming."

-- Kari Lydersen

Chris Dean and Mike Dudek watch television at their neighborhood IHOP to set the record for consecutive hours of viewing time.