Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Librarian is Champion Couch Potato!
Good Grief! I missed this epic battle last month, but it seems that a New York City research librarian, Stan Friedman, duked it out with fellow sloths to win a television-watching marathon. Friedman and his fellow Potatoes were required to endure a soporific blast of college football games while ensconced in a recliner. Unlimited quaffing of food and drinks was allowed, with the proviso that bathroom breaks were rationed out only once every eight hours. Naps were also verboten, and the camel-bladdered Stan was able to keep his eyes on the prize for 29 hours, winning the New York City Couch Potato Contest and parting gifts of a large-screen television, recliner and a potato-topped trophy.
Friedman was quoted as stating that he was not sure if his television prize would fit into his apartment, so one wonders what the allure of this contest was for him. He is also noted in the article linked above to be a baseball fan, so again, I marvel at his powers of alertness.
But I do have some questions to ponder: Does this win enhance the popular culture appeal of librarians and book lovers? Did Stan have a hidden book tucked into his chair? Will he swap his hard-earned booty for a bookstore gift certificate?
Off to find a corporates sponsor for my dream marathon-reading contest...